Do you ever think that you were meant to do something special? If so what is it? Most people think about a special talent they may have such as singing or maybe playing an instrument. But have you ever thought about what God wants you to do? Every Christian has a ministry God has ordained them to do before the ages of glory as stated in 1 Corinthians 2:7… But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, … What is your ministry in Christ and do you have the will to serve? This will be the main focus of this article. Most people think that when you talk about a ministry in Christ they are talking about being a minister, some missionary in some foreign country. But that is not true for all of us the ministries of Christ are as vast as the stars in the heavens. We joined the church of Jesus Christ and we are joined with the body of Christ so every member of the church or the body of Christ are important!!!
When deciding what is our ministry in Christ we have to examine our talents as well as our gifts from God. There is a difference between a talent and a gift. A talent is some skill you have to develop over a period of time. A gift is something God gave you at birth. So when you are looking to identify your ministry in Christ you should be looking at your gifts. The bible states about spiritual gifts in Romans 12:1-8…I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. The first two verses in the scripture talk about personal responsibility. You really have a responsibility as a Christian to serve because of the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross for the remission of our sins. We are to proclaim our body, heart, and soul as a living sacrifice before this world to glorify Christ our savior. Healthy self-esteem is important because some of us think too little of ourselves, on the other hand, some of us overestimate ourselves. The key to an honest and accurate evaluation is knowing the basis of our worth and our identity in Christ. Apart from God, we aren’t capable of very much by external standards, in him, we are valuable and capable of worthy service. Evaluating yourself by worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and thus miss your true value in God’s eyes.
Paul further states in this scripture of passage use the concept of the human body to teach how Christians should live and work together. Just as parts of the body function under the direction of the brain, so Christians are to work together under the command and authority Jesus Christ. God give us gifts so we can build up the church. To use them effectively, we must 1) realize that all gifts and abilities come from God, 2) understand that not everyone has the same gifts, 3) Know who we are and what we do best, 4) dedicate our gifts to God’s service and not our personal success, 5) be willing to utilize our gifts wholeheartedly, not holding back anything from God’s service. God’s gifts differ in nature, power, and effectiveness according to God’s wisdom and graciousness, not according to our faith. The “measure of faith” or the “proportion to God’s faith” means that God will give spiritual power necessary and appropriate to carry out each responsibility. We cannot by our own effort or willpower, drum up more faith and thus be more effective teachers or servants. These are God’s gifts to his church, and God gives faith and power as he wills. Our role is to be faithful and to seek ways to serve others with what Christ has given us.
Look in this passage at all the gifts and image the kinds of people who would have each gift. Prophets are often bold and articulate. Servers (those in ministry) are faithful and loyal. Teachers are clear thinkers. Encouragers (those who Exhort) know how to motivate others. Givers are generous and trusting. Leaders are good organizers and managers. Those who show mercy are caring people who are happy to give their time to others. It would be difficult for one person to embody all these gifts. An assertive prophet would not usually make a good counselor, and a generous giver might fail as a leader. When you identify your own gifts (and this list is far from complete) ask how you can use them to build up God’s family. At the same time, realize that your gifts can’t do the work of the church alone. Be thankful for people whose gifts are completely different from yours. Let your strengths balance their weaknesses, and be grateful that their abilities make up for your deficiencies. Together you can build Christ’s church.
The will to serve Jesus Christ comes with the gifts God has given you. I stated earlier every Christian has a spiritual gift or gifts God has given you. Some Christians explore and perform their gifts for their ministry some don’t. It is not enough for you to just attend church every Sunday waiting to hear the word of God. The true purpose of a good Christian church is to regenerate you to go out into this sinful world and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. You see most think their week starts on Monday when they go to work, when for Christian it really starts on Sunday. Most people think that their work is the most important aspect of their life. Oftentimes we have worked all week making a living for ourselves and our families and at the end of the week, we give God what is left. Our jobs or careers are only vessels for survival to do God’s work. Do you have the will to serve Jesus Christ? If you don’t you need to explore what is God’s spiritual gift or gifts and have a ministry to serve others in Christ. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video and remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”. What do you think? Comments are always welcome.
Written by Kofi Baruti