Equipping the Called - Friday, April 26th 2013

1 Timothy 1:12

"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry."
NKJV

It's your first day on a new job. You walk in with little to no experience and your boss tells you, "I'm taking two weeks off and you're running the business." Can you imagine the fear and anxiety that would hit you at that moment? To be given a major task you haven't been equipped to accomplish would cause anyone to throw up their hands in frustration. When it comes to serving the Lord and ministering to others, God has not left you empty handed. He has equipped you through His Holy Spirit and His Word to engage in ministry in a powerful way.

1 Corinthians 12:7 "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other." NKJV

I've often heard it stated, "Where God guides, He provides." This is very true. At your moment of salvation, God instills in you a new desire to serve and bless others. With that desire, He also gives you the tools necessary to accomplish this goal. Whether it's ministering to those in a nursing home or teaching a church of thousands, God will give you the wisdom, strength and ability to do that which He's called you to do. So, what has he called you to do? Are you walking in His power or standing in your own? Go ahead, take that step. And as you do, the power of God will lead you on an adventure in ministry that will change your life and the lives of those around you.

Life Lesson: Jesus Christ will enable and empower you to minister in His directives.

Dear Father,
Thank You for the gifts and abilities that You have given me. Help me to step out in faith and to use those gifts to bless others and to bring You glory. Teach me to be available to Your call and the direction of the Holy Spirit. Use me today to reach others for eternity. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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