Scripture tells us, we are all given at least one spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:7). These gifts — on top of our interests, abilities, hobbies, likes, and dislikes — join together to form who we are and how we participate in the work God is doing all around us.
We are not made to be who we are to serve just ourselves (1 Peter 4:10). God takes whom He has made us to be and matches it with the needs of others. What does it look like to really serve other people with our gifts?
As we allow the Gospel to change our hearts, we will develop a deep care for other people. Our attention will begin to turn away from ourselves and to the needs of others (Galatians 5:13). The church is us: people who love Jesus serving others by parking cars, holding babies, praying, serving coffee, leading classes, opening homes and assisting with needs. Serving in the local church is a vehicle to discover how we are made and how the Lord can use us. God fills in the picture for us. We discover more about ourselves and how He is growing us while He uses us to meet the needs of others. We learn best by doing.
What can I do to serve other people? How can I be the church? Every week, we are given the opportunity to practice putting our attention less on ourselves and more on others. We will not be perfect; however, as the new year begins let us jump in and serve.
I Corinthians 12:7 - Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
I Peter 4:10 - Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms
Galatians 5:13 - You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.