Gifted to Give

by Erin Bird

Hello Riverwood family! Thanks for coming and reading the blog.

Last week in Romans 12, we looked at the unity that should exist among Jesus-followers. This week, as we look at verses 6-8, we’ll talk about the differences that should exist among followers of Jesus. Here are those verses:

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:6-8)

Unity, not Uniformity

Right after talking about the unity of Jesus-followers, Paul talks about the differences. While following Jesus should bring unity, it doesn’t mean we are all uniform. Just like a body has various parts, there are differences among Jesus-followers. And one of the primary places we see these differences is in the area of spiritual gifts.

Every follower of Jesus is not only given the gift OF the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), they also receive a gift FROM the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:7). And those gifts are to be used to help others.

That’s why there have to be a variety of gifts. Because only one gift can’t serve the broad needs of all

For instance, if there was only a gift of mercy, then the person who remains stubbornly in their sin wouldn’t have someone with the gift of exhortation to call them to repentance. Or if we only had the gift of serving, then who would teach us the full counsel of the gospel? We need all the gifts.

Your Gift

This means Riverwood needs you to give your gift(s) to your church body and the surrounding community. There is no unneeded gift. We need you to give your time and passion in the areas that God has gifted you.

So what are your gifts and talents? And are you applying them? (If you are – thank you!!!)

If you aren’t sharing your gift(s) with the Riverwood family, why not? Even if someone else is already serving in that area, it doesn’t mean you aren’t needed. Perhaps someone is serving more out of need instead of giftedness, and God has prepared you to help with that role.

If you have no idea how you might be gifted, then just jump in! Find a spot to start serving. Chances are, over time, you will either discover you are already gifted for an area like that, or you’ll start feeling drawn to something else. Also, ask those who know you (like those in your Growth Group) what areas they think you might be good at, or take an online assessment like this one.

If you look at Romans 12:6-8, you’ll notice Paul assumes that if you follow Jesus, you have a spiritual gift. And if you have a spiritual gift, you should be using it to help others.

So give your gift. Because we all belong to one another.

Getting a Better Picture of Yourself

by Erin Bird

This past Sunday, we studied 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, all about spiritual gifts. If you follow Jesus, do you know what spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit has given you? If not, here are the two things I suggested in my message that you can do to get a better picture of yourself:

#1 – Take a Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Here’s one of the best ones I’ve seen in a while. While it can’t completely reveal your spiritual gifts, it can give you some idea of how the Holy Spirit has wired you to serve and bless others.

#2 – Just serve!

Far better than taking an online assessment is to actually serve in some capacity. As we saw Sunday, your gift isn’t for you, it is for the common good. It is for others. So serve. Be a blessing in someone’s life. And as you serve, you’ll discover more and more how God has gifted you.

As we’ll see this Sunday, if you are a Jesus-follower, then you are a part of the “body of Christ” (aka the Church). And just as a body part like the hand or foot or eye is needed to help the body operate, you are needed to make the Church, the Body of Christ, operate at full function.

So go ahead and take an online assessment, but whatever you do, don’t just sit back letting others do the ministry. BE the Church! Contribute your gift into the mix for the common good. Find out how you’re gifted by serving.

If there is an area you are already interested in helping out in, [bspam mail=””]send me an email right now.[/bspam] If you aren’t sure where to serve, then let’s find a time to talk. If Riverwood is your home church, we need your gifts, and I’d love to help you find a way to contribute your gifts for the common good of our church family.

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