Recently I attended a Dallas-Fort Worth prayer summit at Irving Bible Church. As I walked in, I immediately saw this sign:
It was love at first glance. Beautiful, clear job of casting vision for serving using real people! The line “An individual gifting given to bless my family and local church…” fantastic.
Remember when we are talking about casting vision…that the vision is found in Scripture. This church is clearly casting the vision for using your gifts and abilities to bless others, serve, and bless your family. A familiar passage they are displaying is Ephesians 4:11-14:
"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes."
Often in churches, sadly, a handful of “talented” people are the only ones using their talents. The “vision” from Scripture that is displayed in these kiosks and that is vital for building up the body is that the saints be equipped for the work of the ministry. Based on the vision from Ephesians 4:12, I assume many people at IBC are connecting their identity in Christ with faith and works.
There was a clear message: You have gifts and these gifts are meant to fit in the body for building it up.
Meet with others and ask them what hobbies they enjoy, where they work, and what they feel naturally gifted in. Help them connect who they are with how they can serve the kingdom.
Maybe a mom of a middle schooler simply needs you to process with her that her love for pinning and cooking can be used as a chance to weekly display love, compassion and hospitality to girls in your student ministry who do not have the privilege of sharing a meal with a warm, discipling family.
Maybe the recent college graduate needs you to pray with her and a reminder that her love for other nations isn’t on pause while she is here working- maybe she could begin a weekly prayer time to teach students how to pray and have a heart for countries they know little about.
Maybe the 8th grader who loves art can learn a way to share the Gospel effortlessly using her God-given abilities.
We have been gifted to equip. We have been placed in a family, God’s family, to care for, encourage, and cheer each other on. There is no room for competition or jealousy when there are SO many places and areas for you to serve in your home, in the church and in the world.
Personally I feel excited about the race I’m running right now. I know that God is shaping me and preparing me for what I’m going to do today, 5 years from now, and when I’m the 80 year old woman they’re trying to kindly tell I might be a little old to do whatever it is that God has for me then! ha
How are you using who God has made you to be a servant in your home? How are you using the gifts Christ has given you to steward to equip your church to use their giftings? How are you using your natural talents to reach the world by serving the world?
These questions aren’t just to make you think. Take out a journal and write out your answers. If you can’t think of an answer to each one, pray that God would show you or remind you of who you are in Him. Talk to your parents and a wise mentor and see what abilities they see in you. We would love for you to write us and let us share part of your story or pray for you! -Amy