What Can I Do?

Jim Coyle

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."  I Peter 4:10

During President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address, he made the historic statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”  This statement was made at a time in history when the USA and Russia were building their nuclear arsenals in preparation for the next war.  President Kennedy was basically saying stop looking for what you can get and start thinking about what you can give.

Today the church is involved in major spiritual warfare for the souls of people.  Unfortunately, many of the people who are attending church come with the attitude that they need to get something and don’t think about what needs to be done to help others.  In fact, when I was a new Christian, all I thought about was getting from God, not what I could do for Him.  Fortunately I was involved in a church that believed and encouraged everyone to follow the principles of Romans 12:4 “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function”  If each of us uses our gifts to serve God and others, the mission of the church will be completed and the gospel will be spread.  When I started looking for a way to help, I took a step that changed my life.  I started serving at church by assisting my wife in the 4th grade Sunday school class that she taught.  After determining this was not my gifting, I tried numerous other things until I found some that fit my gifting.  I began attending services looking for opportunities to use my gifts and found this to be more fulfilling than I could have every imagined.

Let me encourage you to ask what you can do for the church and then do your part to help complete the mission of the church.  If you're not sure what you can do, join our next Connecting to Ministry class.

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