“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
The Church of the Good Shepherd seeks to build up the body of Christ through discovering and employing the various spiritual gifts each member has been given. The stewardship of spiritual gifts is equally important as financial stewardship of monetary resources. Both concepts stem from the understanding that God has given us something to cultivate, tend, and share to bless others. In the case of spiritual gifts, the Bible teaches that God has given every believer specific talents, inclinations, and abilities to build up each other and the collective Church. Some may have the gift of compassion and would love to visit people in the hospital. Others may have the gift of administration, and will want to help organize events. Others might have the gift of service, and are happy to set up chairs or clean up after breakfast. To some he gives the gift of teaching, or evangelism, or healing. There are many gifts and they are all gifts from the Spirit. As we grow in our relationship to God, we often feel a strong tug to use our gifts as a way of serving and worshipping God. It is a real joy to discover and employ a spiritual gift. It can be a revelation to discover what God has made you to do.
The other understanding about spiritual gifts is that they are given to us as a way of participating in God’s kingdom. God, in his sovereignty, has invited us to share in the joy of building his kingdom here on earth and in the life to come. Using our gifts is our response to his invitation. As the parable in Matthew 25:14-30 suggests, we have a responsibility to use and grow our gifts, not just for our benefit, but for the benefit of others. We are the hands and feet of Jesus (the body of Christ) and the way he chooses to bless this world.
Many however, never realize that they have these gifts and further, do not know what to do with them. The Church of the Good Shepherd is committed to helping each parishioner discover and employ their gifts.
For more information on ways to get involved and employ your spiritual gifts through the Church of the Good Shepherd, please call the Church Office at 361-882-1735.