Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it 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. –1 Peter 4:1-11 NIV
If you’re convinced there’s nothing special about you or you have nothing to offer others, nothing could be further from the truth. Because you are a unique creation of God, you have a unique combination of skills, abilities, and gifts that no one else has. And God expects you to not only discover your gifts but use them to gather more disciples for His Kingdom.
Have you figured out your gifts yet? Read the Bible daily and delve into God’s Word with the help of a small group. Seek a mentor. Join in regular prayer with other moms, dads, friends, students, etc. Start your journey on the Bayside Growth Track. Become attuned to the Holy Spirit, your personal Sage, Advisor, and all-around Best Friend. If you diligently seek to know, understand, and serve God, He’ll reveal everything you need to know.
Once you uncover your strengths, act on them. The clock’s a-ticking, and it’s time to get a move on. There are as many ways to serve the Lord as there are people on the planet. The options are endless. Write, sing, or perform worship music. Write a book. Act. Preach. Teach. Be a missionary. Be an intercessory prayer warrior. Feed the hungry. Visit schools, nursing homes, prisons, hospitals. Start a business and run it the way Jesus would. Start a prayer group. Start a church. Whatever you do, do it in your own unique way. Do it for God, with God, and from God. Do it with love, humility, joy, patience, and cheer. Do it until your final breath.
Pray to discover your gifts and then use each to gather more disciples for His Kingdom.
Pray to use whatever gift you have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
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