Everyone is needed. Everyone gets to serve. “If your gift is prophesying (that is speaking God’s word not predicting the future), then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 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.”
Whatever the gift or gifts we have been given by God, we have the opportunity to use them in the life, ministry, and mission of the church. It’s wonderful when everyone serves and makes their contribution to move the church ahead. In this passage, Paul cautions us to discern our range of giftedness. What shape does the grace of God take in our life? What do we do well? Where and how should we serve?
Sometimes we seek to serve beyond our talent level. At times this can be a learning and growing experience. And yet at other times we may keep trying to serve beyond our giftedness because we think more highly of ourselves than we should. When it comes to leading, there are occasions when leaders need to be good followers and follow others who are more gifted in a particular area of ministry. This passage encourages us to have a sense of healthy self-awareness and humility.
How great it is when we have the opportunity to serve and use our gifts and talents in the right area of ministry. Then we participate in just the right way and watch the life, ministry, and mission of the church move forward as Christ desires. When that happens we find the joy of reaching our redemptive potential in Christ.
Today, is a day for us to consider our serve. Are we serving well? And are we serving in the way that God has created us to serve in order to move the life, ministry, and mission of the church ahead? May God bless you in your ministry and service.