I took a group of youth to a local area service project last week and we had a blast. On the second day, the group I was in charge of showed up to our client’s house and gasped when they saw the field that was in front of them. They were excited but said to each other, “Man, we’re going to be here all day!” I just grinned. I grabbed the old push-mower and instructed them to grab a few other tools and said, “Follow me.” We made our way down the yard then up to the inclined field in the photo below. I assigned each youth a role—mower, sling-blader, weedeater, limb-carrier, and two to spend time with the client in conversation. We took turns with tools, with each youth finding that they were better at one thing more than the other. After a while, we had things down to a process and the yard was done by lunch! Success and on so many levels. They told me later they couldn’t wait to show their parents what they’d learned. But, that sentiment didn’t last long when they discovered the chores they’d have when their parents found out (haha).
12since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church. —1 Corinthians 14
There is a role for you to play in what God is doing. If you don’t already know it, you have something to offer but you need to do a couple of things. 1) You need to discover your gifts. This begins with speaking with your pastor and subjecting yourself to a few trial-and-error opportunities through your church. 2) You need to be willing to offer your gifts. When you do, you find that you grow in your gift and the recipients are blessed by your offering.
God’s will is to use you, each of us being co-laborers with Christ.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. —1 Corinthians 3
That God would choose to give you responsibility may blow your mind but it’s true. Discover your gifts and use them. Through this, you’ll see the Biblical life become every-day-life.