Monday, January 25, 2016
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of other, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:4-8
We have been taking a look at different aspects of discipleship over the last several months. We reminded ourselves of the need to be committed to the Text and community. We’ve reminded ourselves we cannot allow ourselves to only live on milk, but to push ourselves to grow in our faith. Another part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be involved in Kingdom work.
Jesus steps into our world as a servant. As his disciples, we also must live our lives as servants. All throughout Christ’s ministry he seeks out the oppressed and marginalized heals them, speaking truth into their lives and meeting their needs. We are surrounded by opportunities to meet the needs of others every day.
God has given each of us gifts, talents, skills, and passions that he is asking us to use to further his Kingdom. When each of us chooses in obedience to exercise these gifts and use them for God’s glory people experience God and his love. The Body of Christ thrives when each part plays its role and we thrive when we allow ourselves to be an active part of the Body. When we chose not to be an active part of the body, not only do we miss out on the things God has in store for us, we put extra stress on other parts of the Body.
This month we’ve highlighted several areas in the church where you can serve (see the front page of the Carillon HERE). And these aren’t the only areas. There are ways everyone can serve. We want to do all that we can to help you be an active disciple of Jesus. If you aren’t sure what your gifts are, let’s discover them together. If you don’t know how to use your gifts for the Kingdom, let’s seek God together and see what he may be calling you to do. Let’s keep following Christ in our service.