- I Peter 4:10 (ESV)
The church is relevant today because it is the gathering of people who serve one another. Each believer in the Lord Jesus receives at least one gift from God. This gift is an enablement which allows each Christian to serve or minister. A church body works best when each individual uses his or her gift for the sake of another.
The use of these gifts is crucial to the mission of the body of Christ. If Christians fail to utilize these spiritual gifts, the church misses the opportunity to work effectively. The results of not using these gifts are unmet needs and burned out servants. Sadly too many churches suffer from these results.
Each believer is called to serve. No member of the church is unneeded or unnecessary. Because of this, each must serve.
How do Christians find their spiritual gifts? I have a few suggestions. The first thing to do is to pray. Ask the Lord what gifts He has given you to use for service.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
- Philippians 4:6 (NASB)
Simply talk to God about how He wants you to serve. Trust Him to answer you.
The second thing to do is to look at the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible. The Bible talks about these gifts from God in Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12:4-13:13; Ephesians 4:4-16; and I Peter 4:10, 11. I urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to read and study these passages. Ask God for the wisdom to understand these passages so that you may serve as He desires.
The last thing one should do to discover spiritual gifts is to listen to the desires God puts into the heart. I hear many Christians tell me that they would like to serve the Lord by doing a particular activity. After excitedly explaining how they would desire to do such activities, they then say, “But I do not know where God wants me to serve.” These believers are many times on the verge of finding their gift but they just do not realize it. What I mean is that one way God shows us where we should be serving is by giving us a desire.
For example, I have a desire to teach God’s word to people. This desire never leaves me. I think about it much of the time. It would be silly for me to not listen to this desire. It is God’s direction to me regrading how I should serve within the church.
Likewise, if God gives a desire to you to serve Him, listen. Unless your desire is in direct violation of Scripture, you are free to pursue that desire
(I Timothy 3:1). Do not neglect what God tells you.
God designed the church to be a group of people who are about service. We were commissioned to serve God by serving others.
- Pastor Randy