READ: Galatians 2:1-10 (esp. v7-8)
- Scripture is clear about the gospel. There’s just no question about what constitutes the good news of God, and that good news is reconciling the world to Himself through Jesus. How that happens varies from location to location. It’s also clear that God gifts churches with certain gifts that affect how they carry out the mission of God (see Romans 12:1-8, et al). Individuals are also gifted in key ways (1 Corinthians 12, et al).
- The key is focus. Churches are called to serve in their situation through the use of their giftedness. Individuals serve through their specific giftedness. Focusing on our gifts doesn’t mean we don’t do anything else. But, our greatest contribution and greatest satisfaction comes when we can focus our attention on what God has wired us to do.
- Paul recognized he was specifically called to seek the Gentile community. Peter, on the other hand, dealt mostly with the Jewish communities. They crossed over those boundaries often (read Acts), but the mission was most effective when leaders focused on their gifts and served in their areas of passion. Nothing has changed about that.
- What gifts do you see at work in you?
- What are you most passionate about doing?
- What gifts do you see at work at Madison Park?
PRAY: Thank God for the way He has wired you. Pray that you can faithfully exercise the gifts He’s given you. Commit to using your gifts as you are given opportunity.