A Disciple’s Path: Service – Spiritual Gifts & Gift-based Service

As the tribes of Israel were traveling from Egypt to the Promised Land, they were developed into a nation.  Jethro had encouraged Moses to appoint judges to help Moses in deciding cases amongst the people.  As God was giving Moses the Ten Commandments, he also instructed Moses to have the Tabernacle built.

 Moses was going to build the Tabernacle himself.  It was something a shepherd, who was now leading over 1 million people, could not do.  So, God called by name Bezalel (bez e lel) and Oholiab (o ho li ab) to give them the ability, skill, and knowledge by his Spirit to design and construct the Tabernacle.  So, Bezalel and Oholiab did as God directed them in making everything necessary for worship in the Tabernacle. 

This shows us that all through time God has given gifts to people who follow him so that faith in God could be increased in the world.  We would say today, “Every disciple is called, gifted, and needed in the ministry of the church.”

 What does this mean for us?  It means we disciples, followers of Jesus whose life is centering on loving God and loving others, are given gifts in order to be built into a spiritual house.  Each of us has something to do as part of the people of God.  These gifts are beyond our talents.  Otherwise, would it be a gift? Plus, each disciple is needed for the work of the church.  We use the gifts we are given because we love Jesus.

 

  1. You do love Jesus, don’t you? (John 14:15-17)
    1. You have decided to follow Jesus – because of what he has done for you
    2. You/we, then keep his commandments – you love one another (13:34)
    3. Paul says that love is the greatest (1 Cor. 13)
    4. Paul even says that we pursue love & strive for the spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 14:1)
    5. As we love Jesus, we love one another.  As we love Jesus, we realize that we are God’s own people.  As part of God’s own people, we have work to do.  We are to live our love for Jesus as God’s own people, here and now.  Every disciple is called, gifted, and needed in the ministry of the church.  Are all of us realizing that we are called, gifted, and needed in the ministry of the church?  When we respond to God’s call, then we are no longer our own.  We become a part of God’s own people.

 

  1. God’s own people become a holy nation  (1 Peter 2:4-10)
    1. We are called by God – believe! (1 Peter 2:4)
      1. Come to Jesus
      2. A living stone
      3. Precious to God
      4. Not put to shame if you believe in Jesus
  2. We are gifted by God – 1 Peter 4:8-11 (read)
    1. Love one another
    2. Be hospitable, without complaining!
    3. Serve one another
    4. Speak & serve
  3. We are needed in the ministry of the church (1 Peter 2:5, 9)
    1. A spiritual house – many parts

–          The work – spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God

  1. Some cook
  2. Some clean
  3. Some paint
  4. Some repair
  5. Some speak
  6. Each of us is to work together!
  7. Chosen race, a royal priest hood, a holy nation – God’s own people!

–          The work – Proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light

  1. Different gifts – as found in 1 Cor. 12
  2. Different work
  3. Each of us has a direction to work, as guided by his marvelous light
  4. Every disciple is called, gifted, and needed in the ministry of the church.  The Lord Jesus told us to pray for workers for the field, for it was white unto harvest.  All around us, the harvest is ready.  For us to be an effective church, 80% of our people need to be on the mission field![1]  So, I pray that Jesus shows me how to lead you to be on the mission field here in the Twin Counties!

 

Have we all discovered that God is calling us, gifting us, and needing us in the ministry of the church?  As disciples, we follow Jesus to wherever he is.  If Jesus is helping the hungry in Carroll County, then we are helping the hungry in Carroll County.  If Jesus is speaking to persons about eternity, then we are speaking to persons about eternity.  If Jesus is delivering people from addictions, then we are delivering people from addictions.

 God is calling us through Jesus Christ.  God does not want us to stumble, but to follow Jesus Christ.

 God is gifting us through Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit enables us to speak and do tasks that we cannot do on our own.

 God is needing us to be in the ministry of the church.  We have received mercy from God, now we give mercy to the people around us.

 What say you, do you realize that every disciple is called, gifted, and needed in the ministry of the church?  If you do, then respond to God’s call, discover your gift, and get to work. 


[1] Bill Easum, Effective Staffing

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