Saved to Serve

Text: Romans 12:3-8

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Have you ever wondered how you can live for God in light of what He had done for you? Here is one of the ways you can do that: by using the spiritual gifts God has given you to serve others. For us to be effective we need to have the right attitude.

  1. Have a Healthy Self-Worth

“Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” Romans 12:3

Every believer should have a healthy self-worth. Unhealthy self-evaluation can hinder us from serving as we should. We tend to develop our self-worth depending on affirmations from other people, our performance, our possessions or even physical appearance. But our self-worth should be based on our identity in Christ. God’s view of who you are is firmly grounded in his nature and character. He is your Creator—and His “works are wonderful” (Psalm 139:14). When we don’t have a proper self-understanding we can easily become proud. Pride undermines the unity of the church but a sober judgement of ourselves is the foundation for a healthy ministry in the body of Christ.

  1. You are part of the body

When we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, we became part of His body, the church. As part of the body you are to do your part in the ministry. No part of the body serves its own interests. The eye does not see in order to serve itself. We were called to be interdependent. The Message Bible puts rather dramatically,

In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. Romans 13:4-6 (MSG)

Spiritual gifts are divine abilities given to individual believers in the church to build the church and express God’s love for others. They are called gifts of grace (charismata) because they are freely given to us by God. The proper use of spiritual gifts is the appropriate response to God’s saving grace (1 Peter 4:10). Spiritual gifts are for serving the church (1 Cor. 12:7) not for self-promotion. Our strengths should balance out the weaknesses of others. Every spiritual gift is necessary for the proper functioning of the church (the Body of Christ).  Some gifts are spectacular (easy to notice and appreciate—or even envy) while others are not, but all are given by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:11, 15-26) and ALL are needed in the church.

Every spiritual gift is necessary for the proper functioning of the church

So, if there is one way to grow the church of Jesus Christ, it’s when every member uses the spiritual gifts God has given them to serve others. As members of the body of Christ we have been given spiritual gifts so that we can humbly and faithfully serve one another.

 

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