God wants a fruitful life for your whole church. Each member was created to be a special part of the body of Christ. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” God has wonderful plans for your church, but now it’s up to you to take the next step.
So What’s Next?
The first step is to pray. Pray for God’s guidance and ask Him to use you for His will. Ask Him to open your eyes and ears to His call on your life. He will undoubtedly put some direction or calling upon your heart. There are many existing places and ministries to serve in, or He may tell you to start a whole new one! Whatever God calls you to do, be confident that He will provide a way for it.
Discover your gifts. You may already know what your spiritual gifts are. But, if you don’t, or just want to clarify what they are, we have both adult and youth spiritual gifts tests to help you find out. These tests do not guarantee what gifts you have, but they are helpful tools for you to get an idea of how you are gifted. We encourage you to take the test, and then talk to other Christians in your church or community to assist you in discovering your gifts. Try serving in different ministries to see what fits and how you can glorify God in your gifts. God may have given you gifts that you didn’t think you could ever have. Or He may transform some of your known talents into spiritual gifts. He will provide gifts for you to accomplish every goal He has for your life. Our spiritual gifts are to be developed as we mature. Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Don’t be afraid of what He will do with you. Step out in faith and let Him use you. The rewards will be great.
Find a church. If you are not attending a church, find one that is Spirit-filled, teaches the Bible and glorifies Christ. Also, if you are not sure what specific ministry you are led to serve in, but you know what gifts you have, make sure that there is a place for you to serve there. God will use your service to strengthen your gifts and will work out the details in His time.
Be faithful, bold and humble. Faithfully serve in the small things and allow God to work in and through your life at His pace. Boldly use your spiritual gifts whenever needed, and humbly seek after His kingdom and righteousness.
Be a good steward of your gifts. God says if you are faithful with few things He will make you a steward over many things. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Use your spiritual gift or gifts at every opportunity to show the love, grace and power of God to others. This will produce fruit that remains and will glorify Him.
Most of all, love. Use your gifts in love for the glory of God and the building up of His church. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Put on love in every situation and every time you serve, may God be the focus.
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness!”