This week we will begin by looking at serving being a gift from God.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.
Paul considered himself a servant of the Lord and found his servanthood to be a gift. “He did not think of his service as a wearisome duty but as a radiant privilege.” It makes me wonder, what do we think of our service?
First of all, are you serving? We are all given gifts and talents by God to be used for His glory. Are you using your gifts and talents to serve the Lord? We are called to serve in our church and outside of our church community. Are you serving within your church? In order for our churches to be what Christ wants them to be, all the members must use their gifts and talents.
Sometimes we serve out of a sense of duty, but are we serving with joy? Do you consider your ability to serve a gift from God? If we take the attitude of Paul and consider our service to the Lord a gift, it might just change the attitude with which we serve. Paul goes on to say that the gift is given to him by the working of the Lord’s power. The same is true for us today. As believers, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us to empower us to do the things Christ calls us to do. We do not have to serve in our own power but through His power working in and through us.
Consider your service. If you are not serving in your church, pray and ask the Lord to show you where He would have you use the gifts and talents He has blessed you with and trust Him to empower you to serve. If you are serving, think about your attitude. Do you serve with joy? Are you a good ambassador of Christ when you serve? Do you consider your service a gift from the Lord?
- Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Quote from “The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians” from “The Daily Study Bible Series” by William Barclay, The Westminster Press, 1976.