Words from the Heart for Thursday June 18th, 2020
If your gift is serving others, serve them well.
Romans 12:7a (NLT)
A new study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute, released just before Remembrance Day last year, finds one-in-four Canadians said they would attend a formal service on November 11, while the same number say they might. And while Canadians come together to remember those who have served, 80% also say that Canada should do more to honour veterans. Just seven per cent of Canadians say they have an immediate family member in the Armed Forces, but 79% said they were proud of Canada’s military.
I was adopted into a Christian family as a baby and grew up in church. I entered full time ministry in 1981 and until the COVID-19 pandemic, could count on one hand the number of Sunday mornings I haven’t been in church. So, I’ve seen many of those within the Body of Christ who have the spiritual gift of serving. They are usually in the church kitchen, or taking up the offering, or volunteering in a soup kitchen. When they volunteer to help, don’t dissuade them. They are the hands of the Body of Christ. You will take their joy away if you tell them they can’t help, or if you don’t have something for them to do. Paul says this in Romans 12:7a: “If your gift is serving others, serve them well.” Although this is a command, those with the gift of serving don’t really need to be commanded to serve well. It comes as naturally as breathing for them, because it is how the Holy Spirit has gifted them and molded them. If you have the gift of serving, you are a gift to the Body of Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to inspire your service.
These have been words from the heart.