Summary: As we approach the subject of serving God by using the gifts that He has given us, it helps to have the right perspective about ourselves, God, others, and a sense of how each gift fits into the bigger picture of the body of Christ, the family of God.
Romans 12:3-8 3 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 measure of faith God has given you. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Intro: Isn’t it great when people find what they were created to do! I love to see people using their God-given gifts in a way that brings blessing to God’s family and a sense of fulfillment and joy to the one ministering! Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.
An usher met an elderly lady at the back door of church and asked her, "Where would you like to sit?"
"On the front row." Was her reply?
"You don’t want to do that," the usher said, "The pastor is really boring."
"Do you know who I am?"
"I’m the pastor’s mother."
He asked her, "Do you know who I am?"
"No" came the reply.
-It is important that we find the right fit and are suited to the task, but it’s even more important that we have the right heart and attitude when we set out to do something for the Lord. Our service for God must be done out of love and obedience to Him, and genuine concern for those to whom we minister.
-Napoleon once pointed to a map of China and said, “There lies a sleeping giant. If it ever wakes up, it will be unstoppable.”
-Some have described the church in the United States as a sleeping giant. If it ever wakes up, it will be unstoppable. Vast numbers attend church each Sunday, and that is about as far as their faith takes them. There is simply no doubt that if all church members were as active as Christ has called them to be, the church would be unstoppable. Instead of lamenting all the bad things that are going on in our culture, the church would be actively engaged in transforming our culture for good.
-Jesus has great expectations for his body, the church. He expects every Christian whom he has saved to be actively using the gifts and talents that he has given for ministry.
-A Gallup survey revealed that only 10% of American church members are active in any kind of ministry. Is it any wonder that the church is a sleeping giant? The Gallup survey said that 50% of church members have no interest in serving in any ministry at all. Every other church member says that they simply want to remain as spectators. When asked to serve in a ministry, they say, “I just don’t feel led to get involved.”