This past weekend was the annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for Youth Impact, our urban ministry to Bryan kids, to help send them to Kids Across America camp. It was amazing to see the significant roles each person played in making this fundraiser possible. We had stellar leaders who helped set up on Friday afternoon, worked all morning, and then helped clean up after the event. The kids served with amazing attitudes, being attentive to the needs of the guests, willing to do whatever job we asked with excitement and joy. The families, friends and church body who came were a pleasure to serve and to give a glimpse of what our ministry is all about. At one point I took a moment and stepped back to watch as the crowded room buzzed with talking and laughter and I enjoyed the beauty God has created within the body of Christ. I was in awe and reminded by God that He designs each of us with unique gifts to be able to serve one another.
When looking at the church I see so many different individuals who attend and it amazes to me to see how God has pieced all of these people together to make one functioning body. No matter what your gifting is there is a place for each person to serve! We have Sunday school teachers who have been teaching for seventeen years, we have members who have been contributing faithfully for decades and we have college students leading for the first time. God uses each one in an intricate way to glorify Himself.
We are commanded to serve one another by using the spiritual gifts God has given each one of us. If you don’t know what your spiritual gifts are I would strongly encourage you to find out so you can learn to use them! Your gifting is unique and as important as any other. So whether you are serving behind the scenes, teaching in a classroom, helping prepare a meal for a family, bringing non-believers to church, praying for missionaries, leading a home church, or volunteering for a special event you play a vital role in the body! If you are not sure where to serve or need help finding your place please feel free to ask any of the staff here at Grace; we would love to help you find out!
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Renee Nelson, college intern