9.27.2013

Are you a full-time Christian?


How many of us encourage others to step out and share the Gospel with people
...but don't witness to strangers ourselves?

How many of us are willing to stay awake for a 3 hour movie
...but get sleepy during a 1 hour sermon?

How many of us don't leave the house without cell phones
...but forget our Bibles?

How many of us are quick to talk about the latest movie or book with our friends
...but are awkward to pray or talk about the LORD in public?

How any of us love our friends as Jesus does
...but fail to share His love with anyone else?

How many of us be sure to listen to 'Christian' music on Sundays
...but the rest of the week, the music we let enter our ears is trashy?

How many of us sing the words of worship songs
...but don't mean the words we sing?

How many of us make plans for each day
...but never ask God what He wants us to do?

How many of us buy things we don't need
...but can't give a single penny to those who have needs?

How many of us make time for coffee dates with friends
...but 'don't have time' for personal devotions?

How many of us read our Bibles
...but never go and do what it says?

How many of us spend more time on the internet
...but not enough praying?

How many of us pray when we want something
...but fail to pray for those suffering and in need?


We are all guilty of at least one of these.  What are some ways that you can change your daily routine and make more time for the One who deserves it?  Are you living as a full-time Christian...or just part time?

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'But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.'
- Matthew 6:33

8.13.2013

The Four S’s | Using Your Gifts For God’s Glory



We are each given a gift from God.  To use in worship and service to Him and the Church.  I’ve had a lot of people ask me how they can discover these gifts in themselves.  I’m put together a four point list of finding these gifts and talents and how to use them for God’s glory.

Sacrifice
This is probably the hardest step of all.  And yes, it’s the first.  To sacrifice means to give up something that is special or important to you.  Something that you’d rather have, but need to give up.  This prepares the way to discovering your gifts because, while you may want to keep this talent to yourself and not share it with others, it’s actually the very thing God is wanting you to give and use.
Your gift can be anything from being good with children, balancing a check-book, cooking, singing, writing, or having an extra seat in your car.  Stay with me...I’ll show you how these can be beneficial in the family of God.
And if you don’t know what your gift is, as the LORD to reveal it to you.  And be humble.


Seek
Opportunities won’t always come to you.  God doesn’t expect us to just sit at home all day and needs will just come knocking at our doors.  We must go out and SEEK people to serve - siblings in Christ and non-believers.  We never know who we could help that God will touch through our hands.


Stir Up
In the Church and Christian circles, you may know of people who just aren’t that excited about the LORD and His Word.  Your opportunity to get them excited is by using your talents and gifts to show them that God truly is at work in their lives - through you!  By being a joyful servant and sacrificing your needs and desires for someone else’s, this is the heart of Jesus.  To love others better than yourselves.  To love even when it’s not wanted.  To serve even when someone says they can do it by themselves.  Stir up the body of Christ by keeping those hands moving, those feet walking, those lips speaking His praises.


Serve
Your talents - whether great or small - are gifts from God, for you to use for the benefit of others and all to His glory.  Like I said, it can be something as simple as balancing a check-book.  You never know who, in your local family of God, can’t/doesn’t know how to pay their bills.  Have you ever asked?  Or the mother of 6 children whose husband works long days and needs an extra pair of hands to help with dishes or babysitting so the tired mama can get some rest.  Maybe you could squeeze in a couple hours from your days to help her out.
Or the elderly lady who doesn’t have her own car and would do anything to be there on Sunday mornings.  Maybe that extra seat in your car could be for her.
There are literally millions of ways to serve others.  And sometimes, even the smallest efforts, reap the greatest rewards.  

We are sons and daughters of the Creator.  We were placed on this earth to glorify Him.  We need to remember that the world has their eyes ON US.  What sort of representation are we giving of Jesus and His love?  We are the hands and feet.  We need to do what He would do.  We need to go where He would go.  And nothing - absolutely nothing! - done with love and for Him goes unnoticed or unblessed.

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‘For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.’
- Galatians 5:13

‘...knowing that from the LORD you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the LORD Christ whom you serve.’
- Colossians 3:24