Have you found what you are good at? Do you know what you are not really good at?
Our gift or purpose may not be flashy. We just need to do it with excellence for the one who created us. We must stop draining energy on our self focused ambitions and activate the purpose God has for us.
Not everyone is equipped or purposed to be the pastor of the local church. But we are called to exercise our gifts for God’s glory.
I anticipate that some of my readers will think, “but I don’t know what ministry God wants me to be in”. Sigh! You use your gift wherever you see a need in your local church or community.
And while you are exercising and honing your gift, God will slowly start showing you were you need to be or go. Just be willing to move once you see the plan.
Like a master artist creating His work, God knows how each brush stroke will impact the final painting. As onlookers we may not even understand what He is painting until the last stroke is placed on the canvas of our life. And as our final breath passes from us let it be filled with gladness and not regret of a life without purpose.
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Romans 12:4-13 NASB
Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘hear , O israel! the Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-31 NASB
Families are strong. Communities flourish. The local church is active as designed by God. And those truly in need are taken care of.
But passivity forced upon men by a godless culture has corrupted the view of proper manhood.
As men we must speak up and speak to. It’s hard. I know it’s hard because I want to just keep quiet and mind my own business most of the time. But often times that isn’t what we should do.
We become passive and disengaged because of fear really. We fear ridicule. We fear being ostracized. We fear being labeled something we are not.
But if we put ourselves last and stop worrying about what others may do to us or how we will be treated, then that is when He (God) will lift us up.
Put God first, family second, and put yourself third. And as we put Him first He will be the source of our strength and supply.
We have to live knowing that we do so for His glory always.
Be peaceful not passive. Stand up for what’s right. Stand strong for the truth in the face of opposition and fear. Pull courage from the source of strength that is our faith in Jesus Christ. Be a man after God’s own heart.
It’s been a great weekend and Memorial Day filled with serving, exercise and fellowship.
Saturday started early with the @F3NWArkansas beatdown at the Genesis AO with @babyface_F3.
Then we enjoyed some family time and Braum’s milk shakes.
On Sunday it was great to drive the church van, fellowship and teach our Life Group about Ruth. And then my wife and I went on a group bike ride with some friends. Northwest Arkansas is such a great place for bike enthusiasts. With the Greenway trail system and ample other city trails there are so many route options.
On Memorial day my wife and I finished strong. I put in an eight mile run and she pushed an eleven mile bike ride.
After some rest we headed over to a friend’s house and was treated to smoked brisket and the kids enjoyed the beautiful pool.
I’m thankful for the men and women who have served and sacrificed to allow my family to live in a country where liberty and freedom are found.