As some of you know, I will be preaching at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel (their website is here) in New Jersey Sunday, September 30th, on the topic “The Poor You Have With You Always.” On the following Sunday, October 7th, I will address the issue of our using our spiritual gifts to serve in the local church. I’m entitling this message “Servants of the Servant.”
One preacher said, “God has no sons who are not servants!” I beg to disagree. I believe it is quite possible to be a child of God but not be fully engaged in serving Him or His Body, the church. There may be a variety of reasons for such non-service (one we will examine in this post), but the normal Christian life is to live a life like the Lord Jesus — one who “came not to be served, but to serve” (Mk. 10:45).
One reason some Christians do not serve the Body of Christ is that they may not know what their spiritual gifts are. Ministry out of one’s giftedness is the biblical pattern, so knowing what abilities one possesses to serve the Lord and His people is critical.
I see four truths from Romans 12 —
1. We serve out of humility, not out of pride or poor self-image (Rom. 12:3). It is difficult to be grateful and prideful (or thankful and downtrodden) at the same time!
2. We must strive to preserve and advance the unity of the Body! (Rom. 12:4-5). The unity of the church is critical. It is not maintained by believers standing around just shooting the breeze (although shooting the breeze is a vital element of friendship). Our gifts contribute to our unity!
3. We will serve out of thankfulness for God’s grace in gifting us! (Rom. 12:6-8).
4. We must be aware that the Holy Spirit gave us our gifts and empowers our using them (Rom. 12:3; we will see this more extensively in our next post which will be on I Cor. 12:1-6). There is another Person involved in this issue of service — and that is God the Holy Spirit. He is continuing the work of the Lord Jesus — through us (Jn. 14:26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15)!
Assignment: Please list your gift below as a comment. Thank you!