Equipped to Serve Part 5
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
FACTS ABOUT YOUR ABILITIES
1. Each of us can do certain things well. Romans 12:6 - 2. Every ability can be used in service of God. 1 Cor. 10: - 3. My abilities show God's plan for my life. - 4. If I don't use them, I'll lose them.
1. Each of us can do certain things well.
Romans 12:6 NIV
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
2. Every ability can be used in service of God.
1 Corinthians 10:1 NIV
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.
3. My abilities show God's plan for my life.
Hebrews 13:21 NIV
equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
4. If I don't use them, I'll lose them.
Matthew 25:28 NIV
"'So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.
HOW TO PUT YOUR ABILITIES TO WORK:
1. Be honest about them. - 2. Dedicate them. - 3. Sharpen them. - 4. Liberate them.
1. Be honest about them.
Romans 12:3 NIV
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
2. Dedicate them.
Romans 12:1 NIV
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
3. Sharpen them.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 NIV
If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
4. Liberate them.
1 Peter 4:10 NIV
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.
1 Corinthians 12:14-26
1 Corinthians 12:14-26 NIV
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Build on my strengths so that my limitations become irrelevant. - Team up with people who complement you. - In marriage, enhance each other's strengths and compensate for each other's weaknesses, instead of trying to make your mate like you. - For your children, help your kids discover and develop the abilities God gave them, not the ones you want them to have.
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