Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
You have been uniquely made from the hands of God to do His good work. This can be hard to grasp and I have heard many people say, “I have no special talents to use in serving the Lord. What can I do?”
You have been gifted by God for His service, but sometimes you think that someone else would be better suited for the task at hand. Wrong! If God is calling you to do it – then you are the best one for the job! As I’ve said before, you have a spiritual S.H.A.P.E. to help determine your ministries.
Spiritual gifts - What has God gifted you with?
Heart - What do you love to do?
Abilities - What are you good at?
Personality - Who gets you?
Experiences – What has happened to you that God could use?
A great example of this is a story I was told in seminary about a man in his early 70s who came to know the Lord. He asked the Pastor, “Is there anything I can do in the church?” The Pastor replied by asking, “What are you good at?” The man told him the only thing he had ever done was boxing. Soon after, the church started an after school boxing program for the intercity kids of New Orleans. The kids were brought to First Baptist Church of New Orleans right after school and this older gentleman taught the kids everything he knew about boxing. After weeks of providing free boxing lessons, the number of students grew and grew. The old boxer started having a bible study each day after they would finish and scores of kids accepted Christ through this program. After years of dedicated ministry, the old man passed away. The response from the community was so great that the New Orleans Police Department had to shut down the city streets for the funeral procession. This man’s efforts that began very small had grown into a very large ministry that impacted a huge number of lives. It all began with a simple conversation. And all he knew how to do was box. Wow!
Q4U: God is calling. He wants you to tell Him what you are good at.