Get in the Game

“Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” – ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭(CSB‬‬)

Christianity is not simply about “me and God.” It’s about “we and God.” Only in the context of the larger community of believers does our individual faith grow to be all that God desires it to be. That’s why the local church is an indispensable part of what it means to live out our faith. It’s within this community that we use our God-given gifts to serve others. The local church is messy. You will be offended and you will have to forgive. But if we’re not willing to use our gifts in that context, then we aren’t stewarding the unique display of God’s grace that he has poured out on each one of us. That’s a tragedy because every part of the body is necessary and important. So don’t sit on the sidelines. Get in the game.


Spiritual Gifts

The spiritual gifts inventory – if you’ve been around the evangelical church in the last 20 years you’ve probably taken one of these. In most cases, it’s a questionnaire asking you to say what you are good at and enjoy. From this your answers are traced to various spiritual gifts. You leave the class and are told “these are your gifts.”

Although there is value in using this as a starting point, too many churches stop short of a critical next step. No confirmation of the gifts is given. You might think you’re good at teaching but that doesn’t mean you are. Churches need to come alongside people and love them enough to objectively confirm their gifting and help them put their gifts to use.