(NOTE: This sermon series and devotional series is based on a book by Randy Frazee entitled, “BELIEVE.”
You may choose to download or purchase the book as a supplement to your worship and devotional emails.)
Romans 12:6 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; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
In the English language this construction is called a “simple conditional.” This simply means that if the first part of the sentence happens or is true, the second half of the sentence will naturally follow.
“If we score more points than the opponent, then we will win.”
“If we go out to eat tonight, then we will have to eat at home the rest of the week.”
These verses of Romans 12 have seven “if…then…” clauses. Bottom line. If you have been given a gift from God’s Spirit, then USE it!
The truth is established in verse 6, “We HAVE different gifts…” The gifts that we have are another facet of God’s grace. We didn’t earn these gifts or work up towards them. They are given.
So like a Christmas gift, we HAVE different gifts…so we are encouraged to USE them!
The Christian faith isn’t a “bench” game. We are all in the game! As we reflected on yesterday, each part is important to the whole. But each part may have, or probably does have different gifts.
But it doesn’t matter the difference, the point is to use the gift you have been given.
So, if your gift is prophesying, the prophesy in accordance with your faith.
The gift of prophecy may include special insights or revelations from the Lord, but the key role of a prophet wasn’t to come up with things on his/her own, but simply relay the word of God to the ears of people. If you have a gift to do this…then prophesy!
If your gift is serving, then serve.
This is a gift many find connection with. You don’t want to lead. You don’t want to be in charge, you just want to have a role and a task and go at it. A servant is one who is willing to fill a role wherever it is needed.
If your gift is teaching, then teach.
Can you explain things in a way people understand? Can you make the complex understandable? Do people say, “Oh, now I get it”? Perhaps God has given you a gift to teach his truth to others!
If you have a gift…then use it!
Tomorrow we’ll look at the rest…but for today, perhaps simply ask the Lord to make clear to you what your gift is. If you haven’t already, take this assessment: LINK
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Apply: If you haven’t take 10 minutes and fill out the assessment. Share with someone or with me what the assessment told you.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the grace and gifts you have given to me. Empower me, Spirit of God, to USE these gifts to your glory! AMEN.