Sunday, April 20, 2008

Involved

This morning, I was reading 1 Peter 4:10-11:

"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."

These verses talk about how God has given each one of us as Christians a special gift so that we can serve others. It struck me because often times I think about serving in terms of myself. Is it convenient? Will this benefit me? Will I enjoy it? Do I have enough time to do this? These verses don't say anything about this questions. In fact, when I am thinking about serving, I often eliminate others from the equation. I am a small group leader for a group of sophomore girls. These verses remind me and put things back into perspective for me. God has gifted me to serve others. He wants me to be a good steward of what he has given me.

How has God gifted you? How can you get involved in what He is doing? How can you be a steward of His grace to other people? God can take even your fears and inadequacies and use them for His glory and purposes. I bet the disciples didn't feel adequate at times. I bet they were fearful at times. But they made themselves available and got involved. Are you serving somewhere? I would love to hear about it...

Sarah

2 comments:

Lindsay said...

Hi Sarah,

I just recently found this blog and I think it is great. God has given me a gift that I have been neglecting for a long time. And recently God literally threw me into the service work he wanted me doing. I recently started working with the Jr High group at my church, and it has not only changed me and blessed me, but I have been told by a couple parents that God is using me in their daughters lives.
If you had asked me five months ago if I would ever teach Jr High Sunday school, let alone be a Jr High leader, I would've said that famous phrase...I can't. I have since learned that the Holy Spirit helps me do the things that I can't do.
And let me tell you...I still feel inadequate, and I'm still very much afraid, but none of those feelings can compare to the feeling of wanting those Jr High kids to know how much God loves them.

Thanks for the opportunity to share!

In Christ,
Lindsay

Sarah Bragg said...

Hi Lindsay!

Thanks for sharing!! I love that you are working with Jr. High girls. They need someone like you to love them and point them in the right direction! Thank you for serving!!

Sarah