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Gifted to Serve

by
Scott Benson

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophecy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” — Romans 12:4-8

“For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we could do the good things he planned for us long ago.” — Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)


Don’t you love the balance of unity and diversity in Christ’s body? We’re “one body” and yet we’ve all got different gifts to be difference-makers in serving God’s purposes. And did you catch that each of us is “God’s masterpiece”? We’re all one-of-a-kind creations who’ve been carefully crafted to do good things that God’s uniquely planned for us. We each have a strategic role to play!

If you’re new to the idea of spiritual gifts (also listed in Ephesians 4:11-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11), here’s a quick 101 primer:  

When we become Christ-followers, the Holy Spirit equips and empowers us with spiritual gifts to accomplish God’s work in the world and in His Church. Each of us has one or more spiritual gifts; but no one, except Jesus, has all of the gifts. That’s why we need to work together in bringing God’s Kingdom to earth.

If you’re wondering what gifts you might have been given, there are various spiritual gifts assessments that are available. We recommend an online spiritual gifts assessment designed by Dr. Walt Russell who is a part of our church family. You can find the link to his assessment here: https://friends.church/gifts

Once you get a sense of how God’s gifted you to serve, it’s also important to know what kind of “good things” He’s created you to do (Ephesians 2:10). We encourage you to explore our serving opportunities here at Friends. Here’s the link to find out more: friends.church/yorba-linda/serve.

reflect

Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. Do you have any questions about spiritual gifts?
  2. Did you take the spiritual gift assessment? What were the results?    
  3. What spiritual gifts do you think God has given to you?    
  4. How have you been able to use your gifts in serving?  
  5. Have you joined a serving team at Friends? 
  6. Is there a serving team you’re thinking about joining?

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

1 Peter 4:10-11
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