|Mercy Street Church of Christ
Stewards of Godís Grace
1 Peter 4:8-11
Do you know how God defines success? True success is becoming the person God wants you to be and achieving the goals He has for you. But God doesnít just cast nebulous goals out before us and leave us to our own devices.
Instead, He not only provides His Holy Spirit as a guide, tutor, and comforter, but He also equips every single believer with at least one unique gift. The Bible teaches in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 that God imparts to each believer a gift intended to fulfill the purpose He has for that personís life.
God is responsible for the effects and fruit of each believerís ministry. However, the believer himself is responsible not only for discovering his giftedness, but also for putting the blessing to use in the ministry to which God has called him.
In the same way that God holds us accountable for our physical treasures, we are also answerable for the use of our spiritual gifts.
In fact, it is impossible for a believer to be Spirit-filled, or living within Godís will, without serving others. It is how He designed the body of Christ. The way He meets most needs is through fellow believers. God is effecting the results, but Heís doing it through us, because the ministry of every believer is to love God, love others, and serve both.
Have you identified your spiritual gift(s)? Are you using your giftedness to reach out to others with Godís love?
Grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, Iím Stan Baldwin.
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