Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Different Gifts According to Grace



 "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."  Romans 12:6-8

God has a perfect plan for our lives.  Many of us try to fulfill God's will and be pleasing to him.  However, we must function according to the grace given to us to fulfill the plan that God has for us.  Many today are trying to serve him, but may be doing so without the grace of God.  

Paul tells us that we are all members of one body and that we do not all have the same function.  When we try to walk in a gift God has not designated for us, we will find that there is not enough grace to do the task at hand.  We find ourselves running short of supply with regards to our ability to do it.  We will then find ourselves in our own works abiding outside of our relationship with Christ Jesus.  

In Ephesians 2, we are given salvation through the gift of grace that God has given us.  We are told "it is not by works lest anyone should boast."  If Christ is not in the work you are doing, then it is outside the will of God.  Ephesians 2 verse 10 tells us:  "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  Only when we are found in Christ are we able to perform the tasks at hand to meet the needs of God's kingdom.  

Over the last 14 years of ministry that I have been in, I have found that we have to be careful between what is a good thing and what is a God thing.  Once the grace is lifted, then you will clearly be outside of the will of God.  It is a place where you are not supplied to do the work any longer.  I have found that place and I desire not to go back to it.  

My hope is that you will find the gift that God has for you and you will do it according to the wonderful grace that God has given you!

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