Trying to do my Bible Study is something that I have to be intentional about. Just like having a relationship with anyone that is important in your life, you have to be intentional. Stephen won my heart by talking with me, giving me compliments, doing special things for me, etc. That is how we need to look at our relationship with Jesus. If He is important to you, then we need to spend time with Him. Lady Avalyn is a mama’s girl and she wants to be with me, anywhere I am and wants my full attention. So I tried to do my Bible Study this afternoon and this is her wanting in on the action.
Even though it was a little hard reading this study, I had to be intentional and get this done. I am so glad that I did because I know the Holy Spirit was speaking to me. I’m doing a Beth Moore Bible Study, called “Children of the Day.” It is sooo good and here are some things I want to share.
“And in view of this, we always pray for you that our God will consider you worthy of His calling, and will, by His power, fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified by you, and you by Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
If you are a Christian that you are called to work for God’s Kingdom. If you are currently serving the Lord, then you are called to help others serve too. Don’t just serve and not lead, but lead by serving. That is how people learn how to serve. Everyone has a ministry. Ministry is the way we have been called to serve Christ. How you serve Christ, might not be how I serve Christ. God has given all Christians spiritual gifts. It says in “Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.” –1 Peter 4:10 Don’t keep your gift for yourself, serve others with your gifts.
“Your spiritual gifts are a means by which you have been distinctively and divinely equipped to manifest God’s presence and power.”–Beth Moore
The next verse in 1 Peter 4:11 says, “If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” We should be using our spiritual gift to glorify God. And not in our own strength and own words. When we ask God to help us, He will!
One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 2:10 and it says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Please know that you are valuable. God made you! He made you for a purpose, He loves you. As believers in Christ, He has given each one of us spiritual gifts. Other people can do what you’ve been called to do, but they cannot be YOU doing it. Thats why you and your gifting is unique. Your spiritual gifts are beyond your natural abilities, skills, or talents. Your gifts will not look like someone else’s gift. Please stop comparing yourself to others.
You will not be completely satisfied until you are living out your spiritual purpose because God made you with a compulsion to do it. The more we try to ignore His will for us, the more unhappy and dissatisfied we will be. Nothing feels better than being in God’s will and using your spiritual gifts as intended. Its not about making a lot of money, having lots of valuables, or even having fun, its about serving Him in every area of your life. Not that its bad to be rich and have fun, but if that is more important than serving God, then that has become a god in your life. Honor God with your spiritual gifts and see how blessed you are.
So back to the above picture…there may be distractions(even cute babies) that might keep you away from what God has called you to do in YOUR ministry. First, I encourage you to set that time to be in the Bible. In my experience, when I set that time apart, my day goes smoother. Not that problems don’t arise, but the Holy Spirit gives me more self control and answers to how to do deal with situations. If not anything, I have a greater peace going with me throughout the day. Please my friend, don’t let the devil talk you out of what you need to be doing.
In closing, Romans 12:4-8 says, “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”