All service is the same to God." In a sermon about spiritual gifts, our minister made this comment in reference to some of the problems the Corinthians were having identifying their self-worth with their gifts. I had never thought about this before. But, it made me think of the Scripture that says, "God is not a respecter of persons."
Each of us is equally important to God and His plan. I can tell you that I have been understanding this more and more in the past two years. Being a part of a cell church was the catalyst for my illumination. I have been involved in church all my life, but until recently, I honestly didn't realize that I could contribute. Being a girl with pretty much no musical talent, I felt left out, relegated to sitting and soaking.
In spite of feeling restrained, I did know that I had some God-given talents. I just did not fathom that they were actual spiritual gifts that God meant for me to use to build up His body! Then, praise God, I found out that there is indeed a place for me, and I can make a difference! It gives me great joy to know that I can give something back to God for his incredible gift to me.
How many people do we know who are in the same place I was two years ago? I can't tell you how many times I have heard people who have been attending church for years say, "But, what can I do?" followed by any number of reasons why they cannot be involved. Most are asking this question, not out of the desire to be stagnant, but sincerely wishing there was something they could do!
Do you know what your gifts are? Do the people in your groups and congregations know theirs? When your best friend gives you a birthday present, do you admire the wrapping and set it aside unopened? Of course not! Part of equipping ...