God’s Operating System
Jesus taught by example. His entire life was a ministry communicated by deeds, not just words. We communicate the good news of God’s love and mercy best when we follow Jesus’ example in our everyday lives. How we go about our life every day is ministry when we live in awareness of the presence of God.
How do we know what God wants us to do as a minister? As a result of discernment, we might take on a particular ministry within the church. We might develop a ministry in which our special gifts and talents are used. Sometimes this takes time to figure out and we need to be prepared to change course if need be. We begin by ASKING OURSELVES WHAT WE REALLY LOVE TO DO.
The church needs you: not because it needs people to fill positions within the organization, but because YOU are an important and integral part of the body of Christ. You have a significant contribution to make. You have a ministry in the church and a mission in the world.
My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love. ~Galatians 5:13
The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. …All the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives gifts to each person, just as he decides…. God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be. ~ I Corinthians 12:7-18
Brothers and sisters, God has shown you his mercy. So I am asking you to offer up your bodies to him while you are still alive. Your bodies are a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to God. When you offer your bodies to God, you are worshiping him in the right way. ~Romans 12:1
God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. If anyone speaks, they should do it as one speaking God’s words. If anyone serves, they should do it with the strength God provides. Then in all things God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Glory and power belong to him for ever and ever. Amen. ~I Peter 4:10-11
Spiritual Gifts are distributed to every believer according to God’s design and grace. They show us how we can make our unique contribution. They reveal a part of God’s will for our lives.
They confirm that every believer has a place of service. They are given for power and purpose in our ministry.
My own Spiritual Gifts aren’t just for me, they are to benefit others, to build up other believers, help us to serve one another better, and they empower believers to expand the kingdom of God.
Doing gift-based ministry is not optional. It is biblical. It is God’s Operating System for his church. Envision the goal. Enjoy the process and be equipped. Diligently serve as you have been created and called to do, and you will glorify God!