I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday.
We are 5 full weeks into the New Year. During the first few weeks of 2020 I made a few suggestions for making the New Year better. Those suggestions were: #1 Move from being a victim of circumstances to being a learner about life. #2 Master a gospel presentation and then share it with someone who is not yet a Christian. (BTW - A few weeks ago I asked a young man I was talking to share with me in three minutes or less how he would present the gospel. Sadly, this 27 year old seminary graduate FAILED miserably!) #3 Find someone from your past, whom you may have wronged and apologize. #4 Pay off everything and get out of debt!
Let me suggest another one that will make your life richer and more productive: Find your spiritual gift and put it to use. Entire books have been written on this topic, but here are a few simple reminders and suggestions.
According to the Bible (Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12), every believer has been gifted by the Holy Spirit with a spiritual capability for service. This gift is not a natural ability, although our natural abilities often work with our spiritual gifts. This gift enables and empowers us to work effectively and efficiently in building up other Christians and reaching lost people. One can only imagine how effective the Christian community would be if we all claimed our gift and put it to use for the Lord. I can't prove it, but I suspect that less than one-third of the members of a typical church even make an effort toward this. What's true of the typical church is also sadly true of MBC!
Rather than take some kind of printed inventory that purports to tell you what your spiritual gift is, my suggestion is to try a lot of things, see if you enjoy it and are effective and then stick with it.
To find out if your spiritual gift is teaching, sit in on Bible study class and then volunteer either to substitute for the teacher or to assist. To find out if your gift is in "helps," volunteer to assist in some kind of project - a church banquet, host a Dinner for 8 or 9, or volunteer this summer at Pioneer Bible Camp. To see if you might have the gift of mercy, give someone a call who is hurting and take the time to visit them. Offer to take them a meal, send them a note of encouragement and pray. If your gift is evangelism you will have a burning desire to share Christ with others. Don't be shy or hesitant about trying something. No will ever fault you for trying.
I believe the best way to recruit people to the place where the Lord has prepared them is simply to expose them to various kinds of ministries. Their spirit will respond to the right one.
Here's the bottom line: If you don't know your spiritual gift - discover it! Once you discover it - use it. As you use it - you and others will be the better for it!
You were gifted not to sit on the sidelines of the church and do nothing! Make 2020 the year you get in the game!
See you on Sunday!
I the light of His glory and grace,