Service

You might say: “OK, so now I’m saved, so now what?”  Service. We can all service God’s glory with the gifts He gives to us. These gifts may be different in all of us and sometimes alike in some of us, but as believers with the Faith that Christ is the Son Of God and that He shed His blood on the cross to pay for our sins, we are blessed with some kind of individual gift which we are responsible for using to service our brothers and sisters and glorify God. In 1 Peter 4:10-11 we read: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Now, spiritual gifts can be broken down into different categories, but not necessarily only these categories:

Ministry – Some are called to practice in the church by preaching, teaching, musical director, Sunday school teacher, etc…

He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe. So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…” (Eph 4:10-12).

Motivational – We may be gifted to write or preach the word or maybe even to simply bring it up in a discussion with a non-believer, bringing them to consider the cross in a brighter light.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Rom 12:4-8)

Personal – For this category, we should take a cue from what Paul wrote:

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

Put your gifts to good use, again, to glorify God, just as Jesus said: “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Humble yourselves before others, when necessary and always humble yourself before Christ.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”(Ephesians 2:10)

…obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”(Colossians 3:22-24)

Suffering

Are you suffering from any kind of affliction? Maybe you have suffered through an affliction and are now recovered? Maybe you are suffering in a mental way? Perhaps you are suffering through spiritual matters. Throughout your suffering did/are you moaning, complaining, asking why?
We all will have to “carry a cross”, sooner or later in life. There may be a point at which we carry it for the remainder of this life.

Christians should consider life trials as a gift from heaven. Our sufferings give the perfect opportunity to live a part of our lives as Jesus did – in suffering. Consider your suffering as a part of Christ in you and make every attempt to glorify your heavenly Father in your suffering.(Psalm 118:7) Accept your cross and carry it with the Grace that God gives you.(Matt 6:16-18) Let your Christ-like attitude shine out so it may be seen by others as an example of how we should live the good and the bad times with joy in our hearts.(Matt 5:16) Christ brought the Helper to shine the light in all of us and to remove all darkness.

Suffering also brings us closer to God.(see Life’s Uncertainties) We can consider ourselves blessed that we encounter trials in our lives as this is the gift God gives us so that we can remember Him as sovereign. If you are going through a painful surgical recovery, cancer treatments, diabetes, arthritis or any other discomforting affliction, don’t gripe, moan and ask “why me”? Remember what Christ went through for you generations before you were brought in to this world. If we are to TRUELY be Christ-like in our lives, we MUST face the suffering as well as the good times, just as Christ suffered for us.(2Cor:1-5)