So I think I know what my spiritual gift is. So what? Why use my gift?
Because it builds up the Church
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
According to this passage, how does using your gift build up the Church?
- To prepare God’s people for works of service
- You are gifted so you can serve
- So the Body of Christ may be built up
- When you do your part, the Body can grow
- Reach unity in the faith
- When everyone does their part, the Body can move
- Unity in the knowledge of [Jesus]
- When you use your gift, everyone gets a chance to encounter Jesus
- Become mature
- The attitude and actions of a servant is a clear marker that you are growing in your faith
- Attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ
- Jesus came to serve, so we serve
What is at stake if we don’t use our gifts?
- God’s people will not serve
- The Church will not grow
- There will be no unity in the faith
- There will be no unity in the knowledge of who Jesus is
- Remain immature
- Will get a “partial” Jesus
How do I use my gifts?
Ask yourself “do I want to be selfish or do I want to serve?”
The Church doesn’t suffer because atheists and agnostics disagree with our view of Jesus. The Church suffers because church people are selfish. Don’t be selfish with what God has given you.
Use your gifts. Prove His grace.