God has used men and women with similar doubts to change the course of history. Moses didn’t think he was a leader or speaker (Exodus 4:10But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”), but God worked through Moses to bring Israel out of slavery (Exodus 33:1The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’). David was the youngest (and therefore most insignificant) of all his brothers, but God worked through David to defeat a giant (1 Sam. 17:49-50And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.) and eventually made him a king. Paul used to persecute Christians before he met Jesus (Acts 8:3But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.), but then became one of the most highly-regarded of all the Apostles.
According to the Bible, every Christian has been given spiritual gifts to use in service to the body of Christ. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” -1 Peter 4:10–11.
Instead of serving with the idea of gaining God’s favor, a growing disciple serves simply to show gratitude for all that Christ has done for us.
How is this done?
- Consider your spiritual gifts — We’ll thrive the most when we serve in a way that utilizes our spiritual gifts. Of course, we don’t have to know what our gift is before we get involved. In fact, we often discover our gifts in the process of serving.
- Complete a Time & Talent Survey — online. You can also take a chance by just jumping into an area to serve. We are all called to serve, and to do so with love (1 Corinthians 13:1–3If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.). When we serve out of love, God is glorified.