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A Gift that Grows

No matter who you are or what you do in life, if you are a Christian, you have a gift.

Whether you are a brilliant writer, a successful accountant, a student, or a stay-at-home mom, you have a gift--at least one talent that you have been given to make a difference.

Ephesians 4 tells us that our gifts are meant, “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” God gives these great gifts, but just like a present isn’t given to sit unwrapped, our gifts have a purpose.

The purpose of our gifts:

1. To equip others to follow God
2. To build up the church

Purpose is fulfilled in practice. Just like a muscle grows stronger when exercised, a gift grows stronger when used to serve. If you don’t use your muscles, your body doesn’t move. If you don’t use the talent God has given you, you keep the body of Christ from moving in that specific area for which God designed you.
Imagine if I gave you a seed that grew into a million dollars and all you had to do was plant and water it, but instead, you took the seed, put it in a box, and left it on a shelf.
Sounds ridiculous right?
God has given us each a gift, asking only that we plant it in the church and water it through using it to serve. When we do, it WILL grow, and God will use it to bless the church and bring people to Him!

How do we use our gifts?

1. Equip

Our gifts are made to point others to Jesus, not our own talent. Your gift is a tool that helps give others the tools to know and serve Jesus! How does God want you using the tool He’s given you?

2. Serve

Romans 12:3-8 states that our gifts are meant to serve others and serve the church. We can serve through volunteering, giving, and investing in others. What step can you take to serve the church better?

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