Friday, August 31, 2012


God bestowed many gifts and talents and abilities on His children. Why? To build up His kingdom. If you have great mechanical ability, why not use it to help with the maintenance of machinery, vehicles or other equipment around your church?

Are you an electrician? I know of very few churches that don’t use electricity. Perhaps your church is in need of someone to help with that sort of maintenance.

Do you have a desire to sing God’s praises? Note I didn’t ask how “good” you could sing. If in your heart you want to praise the Lord through singing, join the choir; lead out in congregational singing – let Him know you love to glorify His Name in this way.

Maybe you have other musical talent: you play piano, organ, drums, violin. If your church has an orchestra or other musical instrument ensemble, get involved – or get an orchestra started.

Do you enjoy being with children? Although we’re all quick to say that the church’s future is in the children of today, there’s always a shortage of people willing to work with children.

There are endless areas where your talents and abilities can be used to honor the Lord, and of course, all these are not within the confines of a church building or even a church-led ministry. You, as a child of God, are to be His minister, His messenger – at work, home, shopping, leisure, wherever you are.

The work of the Lord is YOUR responsibility and privilege. Whatever your gifts and talents, whatever your abilities, God has endowed you with these so you may serve Him and bless others: writing, acting, painting, carpentry, cooking, sewing, EVERY ability.

A dear pastor and friend once preached a sermon on “Everyone Is Called.” Afterwards a lady told him that she had enjoyed the sermon and that it had affirmed to her what she already knew: that her calling was to be in the same spot on the same pew every time the church doors were open. My pastor friend felt she had voiced what many people believed: that service to the Lord was showing up for church. The next Sunday his sermon was titled, “We’re Called to Take a STAND, not a SEAT.”

Good advice for all of us, I’d say. An old country song says, “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” Are you standing for Jesus? Find your place of service in His kingdom.

…for the work whereunto I have called them  (Acts 13:2, KJV).

“…for by faith ye stand” (I Corinthians 1:24, KJV).

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