“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
Let’s resume our study of Donald S. Whitney’s book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, in chapter seven: Serving. The essence of a disciplined Christian life is in worshiping Christ and serving others. Just as active worship requires initial structure before true reverence arises from within, Whitney cautions us; “If we don’t discipline ourselves to serve for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom (and for the purpose of Godliness), we’ll serve only occasionally or when it’s convenient or self-serving.”
Back in chapter five, Whitney helped us to realize the real purpose of worship is to honor God. As we become more disciplined in integrating regular times of worship into private moments of our everyday life, the progression from honoring God to serving others occurs naturally. A strong and faithful relationship with Christ brings forth a servant's heart out of genuine love for all He has done for us. “You must honor the Lord and truly serve him with all your heart. Remember the wonderful things he did for you!” 1 Samuel 12:24 (NCV).
God has equipped each one of us with unique gifts for the purpose of serving Him; great talents, special abilities, or personal wealth. These gifts may be great or small, but what matters most to God is how we use what He has given us. “Regardless of your theology of spiritual gifts, the two most important points about them remain those given in 1 Peter 4:10, namely, (1) if you are a Christian you definitely have a spiritual gift, and (2) God’s purpose in giving you that gift is for you to serve with it for His Kingdom.”
Now that we understand the goal of serving others, how do we put it into practice? A good first step to discovering your spiritual gifts is to get involved online. No matter how big or small our resources may seem, we honor the Lord when we serve with all our heart. Often heartfelt and effectual servitude goes on behind the scenes and away from public affirmation or accolades, but God rejoices when Christian humility is the driving force behind serving others.
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Past Posts: Prayer for the Purpose Godliness, Meditate on God’s Word, Discipline For the Purpose of Godliness, Discipline Requires Reading God's Word, Worship for the Purpose of Worship, & Evangelism for the Purpose of Godliness.