Equipped to Serve
1 Peter 4:10-11
The Lord has given an amazing responsibility to those whom He has saved. He has called them to be His servants and accomplish His work here on earth. Just think about how remarkable this is: Almighty God, who needs nothing and can do all things, actually invites us to share in all that He is doing to draw people to Himself, to bring His children to spiritual maturity, and to care for those in need.
Being a servant of the Lord requires that we put ourselves under His authority, listen to His instructions, and carry out His commands. In our own strength, this task is beyond our abilities, but when we are walking obediently with Him, He supplies all that we need.
The Father never gives assignments for which He will not equip His children. He begins by developing Christlike character within us. Then, as we cooperate with His Spirit, God transforms a self-centered heart into the heart of a servant who delights in meeting the needs of others.
To further enable believers to do His work, the Lord gives them spiritual gifts which are to be used for the benefit of others. The Holy Spirit bestows each believer with the exact gift needed for serving in the specific work God has appointed for that person.
The invitation is issued; the strength and ability are provided. All that is needed are some willing servants to participate in the most exciting adventure on earth. Join with the Lord in His work, use your spiritual gifts, and make an impact for Christ in this world.
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