by Neil Anderson


June 23

USING YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS AND ABILITIES
 
2 Timothy 4:5 
Do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry
 
For the Christian, true fulfillment in life can be summarized by the popular bumper sticker slogan, "Bloom where you're planted." Peter said it this way: "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another" (1 Peter 4:10). Your greatest fulfillment in life will come when you discover your unique gifts and abilities and use them to edify others and glorify the Lord.
 
God allowed me to understand this vital principle before entering the ministry while I was still employed as an aerospace engineer. I knew God wanted me to be an ambassador for Him where I worked, so I started a breakfast Bible study in the bowling alley next door. My announcement about the Bible study had only been posted in our office about an hour before a Jewish fellow pulled it off the wall and brought it to me. "You can't bring Jesus in here," he objected.
 
"I can't do otherwise," I said. "Every day I walk in here Jesus comes in with me." He was not impressed with my response!
 
One of the men who found Christ in the Bible study took over when I left Honeywell to enter seminary. A few months later I went back to visit my friends in the Bible study. "Do you remember the Jewish fellow?" the leader asked.
 
"Sure, I remember him," I said, recalling his brash opposition to our Bible study.
 
"Well, he got sick and almost died. I went to the hospital and visited him every night. Finally I led him to Christ."
 
I was ecstatic at the realization that I had become a spiritual grandparent. The sense of fulfillment was exhilarating. And it all happened because I started a simple little Bible study where I worked in order to do what Paul said: "Do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:5).
 
Prayer: Father, I want to bloom where I am planted and resist the defeating temptation to compare myself to others.

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