“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather serve one another humbly in love.” – Galatians 5:13
This blog post has given me the most trouble. I have struggled for weeks with exactly how to say things. But alas, all things are according to His timing. I came across this verse in one of my many emails, and it is beautiful. It sums up exactly what I struggled so much to say. The last of the spiritual habits we as Christians should put into practice is knowing and using our gifts.
We all have been given certain things we have a talent for, and things we have a passion for. As Christians, we have been given spiritual gifts with which to bless, help, and encourage the whole body of Christ. You see ,we were saved by the grace of God alone. That salvation is something we shouldn’t be able to help ourselves from sharing. That salvation should guide our interactions with both fellow Christians and unbelievers. All of ourselves: our mind, our body, our actions, the things we are good at, the things we have a passion for, and the gifts we have been granted by the Spirit should be used to glorify God. We do this simply by serving those around us. Not for the glory of self, but humbly as a servant to Him.
This is what we strive to teach the students. It is very simple, but it is not easy. It doesn’t need much explanation, but it does require much modeling. We cannot impart wisdom like this simply with words. It must be our actions that show these kids what it means to know and use our gifts.