Balanced and Abundant–Serve

“The opposite of me isn’t you…It’s us.” Erwin McManus–Pastor of Mosaic Church
“None of us is as good as all of us.” Ray Kroc –founder of McDonalds
“In the same way, we who are many are one body in Christ.” Paul the Apostle

This third lesson in our series on the abundant/balanced life will help us focus on how the Body of Christ serves more effectively when working together. In Romans 12 Paul shares insights on spiritual gifts as he does also in 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4.  Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Ways you can discover your gifts are by thinking about what you like to do, or receiving affirmation from others or even taking evaluations.

We can serve whether we have spiritual gifts or not. The lack of evidence of particular gifts does not preclude us from helping people, or from doing ministry or from telling others about the grace of Jesus. Paul reminds us that love is the basis by which all our gifts should be used as we serve the Lord.

As we prepare to meet on Sunday, think about ways that others have served you in recent times. Look for ways that you can help advance the Kingdom of God. And most of all, do everything you do…in love.

Things to Think About and Ponder:

How does pride get in the way or stymie serving?
Ask someone you know well to affirm your gifts and ask God to confirm it in your life.
Which spiritual gift is necessary for praying for your SS class or for inviting someone this weekend.
How would your class (and our church) be different if everyone used their spiritual gifts for the glory of God?

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