Memorise John 10:10
“I am come that they might have life… more abundantly”
We certainly cannot approach the issue of which area to serve in with a heart and mind clouded by sin and distracted by the noise of the world outside. God desires for us to “tune in” to the still small voice of His Spirit. This is where praying and meditating on His Word and His will for our lives will provide us with guidance. Just as importantly, we are to honestly ask ourselves what spiritual gifts the Lord has given us (every believer has at least one) and what our strengths and weaknesses are as this will exert a great influence in deciding our area of service. If, for example, a person has good language skills and has the gift of being able to teach God’s Word simply and clearly then he should consider serving in a teaching ministry instead of ministries involving music, audio-visuals or information technology for which he has no special applicable skills. Likewise, a musically inclined person gifted with a wonderful voice but poor mathematical abilities would do better in the church choir instead of handling accounts.
Sometimes, it may not even be a particular ministry that God can use us in but rather in the way we interact with others. Barnabas, for example, was great at encouraging others. Perhaps there are those who are good at comforting others, counselling them or just simply lending a listening ear for others to confide in. Passages like Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 and 1 Corinthians 12:28 provide a useful list of some of the spiritual gifts that God may give to believers for the edification of the church. Some of them, like the gift of tongues or healing and miracle workings have already ceased (1 Corinthians 13:8), while others continue to be important and present in the church today.
As a young believer, the myriad of options for service may appear daunting. However what is important is that we have a willing heart and desire to learn. We can begin by availing ourselves to small areas of service, and certainly as you seek the Lord, He will show you where you are best suited to serve Him.
Thought: Jesus said that He came to give us an abundant life. Undoubtedly this includes the privilege and blessing of godly service.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, still our hearts that we will know that You are God and know where we can best serve You.