Posted by: bshelley | June 3, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-1-corinthians-15_58

Today’s Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. NASB

We are about to do a Spiritual Gifts Analysis this week at our church. Some time back I asked for people to raise their hands if they knew what their Spiritual gifts were. Not a single hand was raised. Given, some were likely afraid I might ask them to speak if they raised their hands; it is still an indicator of a chronic problem in churches. We spend lots of time encouraging people to exercise their Spiritual gifts, but don’t stop to help people discover just what they might be. Certainly the only true way to know for certain is by doing God’s work in the church and community and see what others give us feed back as to what our giftedness seems to be. A Spiritual Gifts analysis is a good method to get an initial indication. I love Paul’s use of the word “abounding”. It brings to mind those bouncy houses parents rent for birthday parties. Kids have a seemingly endless supply of energy to bounce in there for hours without stopping. They are happy, filled with just the thrill and joy of bouncing. Doing “the work of the Lord” ought to be the same. Never a drudgery, but opportunity for which we get excited about just the thought. Always abounding. There is an interesting transaction that takes place when we are exercising our Spiritual giftedness in God’s will. We receive more than we give away. We come away from the doing more energized than when we started out. God’s economy is amazing like that. When hands are getting to do hand stuff and feet are getting to do feet stuff and all the parts of the body are functioning at the direction of the head, it is a marvelous thing to be a part of. Oh sure, someone occasionally decides that they are the appendix, but working together in the Lord’s work should put bounce in our steps and love and appreciation for the other parts in our hearts. We can have joy in our hearts even when things are more difficult and worries of worldly things weigh us down because we have God’s promise that nothing we do in His work is in vain. We may not always even get to see the outcome, but we can have the peace and satisfaction of a job done steadfastly and be blessed.

p.s. I put a link to my favorite resource for Spiritual Gifts Analysis online site under Helpful Resources. There is a version you can do online for free and get a printout of the results.

 

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Responses

  1. I LOVE the links you give. The “noah” one is great for kid resources! Also the voice is a great addition!

    Thanks for using your gifts to bless so many of us!!

  2. Thanks, I hoped that some might want to hear an audio version. I hope I made it downloadable. Not sure about that just yet. If anyone has tech advice on that, it would be appreciated. Bryan

  3. Bryan – Thanks for the comment. Your verse for the today really ministered to me. God has perfect timing. I look forward to reading more on your site. – John

  4. Ha! Love the appendix analogy! Sometimes that’s me…i feel like a useless little thing that could be yanked out, and not missed!!
    I’ll take that ‘Gifts Analysis’—to see what i am missing?!
    Thanks again Bryan! — nina


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