During the months of January and February, I’m teaching a workshop at my church about finding your service passion. After we spend a few sessions defining our service passion, we will be creating vision boards to help us focus our efforts on the right areas to support our service. This blog will provide brief summaries of the previous classes in order to help people stay up to date if they can’t attend or have missed a session.
Previous Posts In the Series:
In the previous posts, we’ve looked at Jeremiah 29:4-11 and I Corinthians 12:1-11.
Gifts and the Spirit
This week, we added a familiar passage for many Christians: Romans 12:1-8. Let’s look at the last part of this passage:
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. Romans 12:6-8
If you examine these three passages, you begin to see several correlations:
- God has a will for us.
- His will might not match what we expect.
- We all receive gifts of the Spirit specific to us.
- Not everyone has the same gift.
- We should use the gifts God gives us.
As you seek to discover your focus for service, it’s important to remember these points.
Now, let’s look at another passage about the Spirit:
“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”” John 3:6-8
Jesus speaks these words to Nicodemus. What follows is a discussion of being born again, but I want us to look at something else in this passage: Jesus uses the wind as a metaphor for the Spirit. We know it exists, we hear it, we feel it, we see its actions. What a great explanation of the Spirit!
Have you ever felt or heard a prompting from the Spirit? How did you know it came from the Spirit?
A thought comes to you, but it’s not a random thought. It may be unusual in its timing but not without purpose. Sometimes it’s a name of someone you haven’t thought of in some time. For me, that name might surface in my mind several times in a short period of time. Guess what? If I contact the person, they’re often going through something and needed to hear from me. Occasionally, I’m going through something and needed to talk to them. Either way, it’s not a coincidence. Stories like this abound.
My point? We have to listen for the promptings of the Spirit if we’re going to use our gifts to God’s service.
How and Who To Serve
Which leads us to the How and Who of developing your service focus. How will you serve? Who or what cause will you serve?
I gave the participants two lists–one for the How and one for the Who.
The How list contains a long list of action verbs. I encouraged them to circle the words that spoke to them or jumped out as they read through the list. Each person, through an activity, narrowed the list down to their top three. The Who handout listed several groups or causes. Each person read through this list circling any group or cause that interested them.
Next week, we’ll do the Why list.
From these three areas, you can begin to build your service mission statement.
If you missed last week or are only following these posts online, feel free to contact me, and I’ll send you the lists and the directions to follow while making your selections.
Meanwhile, be in prayer over how God wants to use you.