SERVANTHOOD and the Good News In Everyday Life
What super power do you want? How would you put it to use? Would you use it for yourself or for others?
I’ve often wondered, if I could choose, what super power I would like to have the most or at least a super tool like Captain America’s shield or Batman’s gadgets? Maybe I would choose Superman’s strength and Thor’s hammer…that should do it!
Here’s the fact about the good news for everyday life. We have been given super power! The church is the family that God desires to use in incredible ways. The gospel transforms us from self-serving talents to a life of servanthood for the glory of God!
1 Peter 4:9-11…Show hospitality to one another without complaining. As good stewards of the manifold grace of God, each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve one another. If anyone speaks, he should speak as one conveying the words of God. If anyone serves, he should serve with the strength God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.…(Berean Study Bible)
The Bible says that we have been saved from His wrath, saved from our rule to Christ’s rule, saved to a community, and saved for a mission! That is the scope of our amazing salvation. This mission requires a new source of power, the Holy Spirit.
For sure, one of the key tools that God has given us to live on a mission with the church is our spiritual gift empowered by the Holy Spirit. We have been given a “super power.”
A spiritual gift is a supernatural, Holy Spirit empowered ability for impacting others with your life through the church. These gifts include teaching, counseling, encouragement, administration, leadership, mercy, giving, helps and many more.
We all have been given a “super power” and share a common mission with our church family to extend God’s glory to those who do know Him and to serve one another with love.
God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly (Romans 12:6-8, NLT).
How do we live our everyday life with great significance and impact? We use the gift that God has given us. We put it to use in our everyday life.
Paul says, "Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it" (Colossians 4:17, HCSB). And Peter says, "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another" (1 Peter 4:10, NLT).
What gift have you been given and how are you putting it to use? Join us this Sunday as we consider the high call of serving in the GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE!