Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I Am A Minister

There is work that each of us needs to do.

1 Peter 4:10-11  God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you.

Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies.

Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

Nine times out of ten God chooses to use his children to accomplish his will. He could just speak and it would be done but instead he wants us to use the gifts that he has given to us so that we can contribute to the welfare of others.

That guy down at the church that only works two days a week, as some may think, he is a minister but guess what so are you. God wants us all to minister, whether by a good deed, by wise counsel, by advice, by giving to the poor, or by preaching. We are all ministers when we use our spiritual gifts to benefit others.

Sometimes we don't want to minister and we can resent that God gave us a gift to use, it makes us go out of our way or it makes us adjust our focus on somebody else, but we are told to use our gift "with all the strength and energy that God supplies." I need to put my gifts into practice with enthusiasm.

Lord help your people to see that they are your hands and feet, help us to see that we are to use our abilities to help those in need.