I have a question to bring before us all, with this week’s Scripture. How can we use our spiritual gifts for the maturity of the Church?
This is a unique topic, because each part of the world is in a different place in terms of lockdowns and the Covid crisis. I have the perfect example for us. Are you ready for this?
One of my late Grandpa’s favorite churches to watch online is in Kansas. I saw on their Facebook today, where they are getting to slowly move forward with their kids’ ministry. While they are setting up registration for their Kid’s Ministry, the state of California is on its second lockdown.
It is hard to know how to approach the question, when our home church may not be open. However even if the building is not open, the Kingdom of God is always open. It doesn’t matter if we are in a pandemic. Our God is always at work. Even now, in this time of great chaos and heartache, our God is most definitely at work and allowing us to join Him!
Join me by opening your Bible to Ephesians 4:14-16. I will put the Scripture below in New Living Translation (NLT) as usual. But my goal for us is to just begin thinking how can we allow ourselves to be used for the Kingdom of God, while safe distancing? Which begins with prayer. The answer will be different for every one of us.
“14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”
Do you know what your top spiritual gifts are? We are in a much better place, when we know what ours are. I took a “spiritual gifts” quiz years ago, and so I do know mine. I am at quite an advantage, though. My “priority ministry” has been this blog. Gracefully Overcoming has been a way for me to minister without ever leaving my home or bed.
My top spiritual gifts include: Shepherd, Teacher // Prophesy (Speaking the Word of God from the Bible), and Encouragement. This is how I can best minister to others. This is how I can love the Church and do what I can to make sure we keep spurring one another one… and move toward spiritual maturity.
This week, my hope is: we would seek out ways to first draw near to the Lord Jesus for our own salvation found in Him, and second: to build up the Kingdom of God, especially using the technology we have been blessed with.
Our mighty God wants to meet us, where we are. What is stopping us from drawing near to Him and surrendering our gifts to Him?
Even if the building is not open, the Kingdom of God is always open.