Each Monday, we take the next step in our weekly journey through the Awaken Code, learning how we function as a church and as followers of Jesus. Here is Part 9 of the Code…
Our gifts, talents, abilities, and finances were not given to us to stockpile for ourselves, but so we could re-gift them to others. We set the example to the world by using our gifts to benefit others and glorify God.
Our gifts, talents, abilities, and finances were not given to us to stockpile for ourselves. As a member of the body of Christ, remember: “What you’re a part of is more important than the part you play.” Pastor Brian Houston said, “The church is not built on the talents of a few, but on the sacrifice of many.” God gave us gifts and talents with one purpose in mind – for us to manage (steward) the gift, not to stockpile for our own personal use.
We don’t have gifts to stockpile for ourselves…but so we could re-gift them to others. This approach requires a selfless, servant-hearted attitude, living in a way that counts others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3) and is honoring to one another (Romans 12:10). We should all seek to serve in places where we are gifted, but sometimes we do things we’re not gifted at because they need to get done. Over time, we fine-tune our gifts, but we often discover them when we just step in to serve!
We set the example to the world through our generosity and sacrifice. Although we need to set an example within the church, one of the main crowds we set the example to is the world. Jesus said “all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” There’s something very attractive about a group of people that exists to serve one another.
We set that example by using our gifts to benefit others and glorify God. This goes back to the selfless mindset serving requires. Your gifts are not your gifts. They were given to you for two main purposes: 1) to benefit others, and 2) to glorify God. No one can be blessed by our God-given gifts when we selfishly keep them to ourselves.
Remembering Who we serve changes everything. Whose we are changes who we are.
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