Over the years many people have told me what they can't do when I've asked them to do something in church or serving the things of God. But God's Word declares what we can do for every one of us.
- We can pray
- We can fast
- We can read God's Word daily
- We can help feed the poor
- We can reach the lost
- We can preach the Gospel
- We can lead people to Jesus
- We can intercede for others
- We can serve God
- We can do all things through Christ.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things in Christ.
Many Christians consider developing their spiritual abilities as optional. They consider it low priority relative to evangelism, group growth, missions, Bible study or prayer. Although you may sympathize with this way of thinking, you must also recognize that the development and exercise of spiritual abilities is a basic provision of God for group growth.
In fact, my primary job of a Pastor according to Ephesians 4:12 NIV is “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up...”
We all have an equal value in God's eyes, but we don't all have equal abilities or gifts. Everyone reading this today is capable of doing something better than the next 1000 people. This could be called your strong abilities and I encourage you to find them and make the most of them. You may be good at sharing with someone on a one to one basis, while someone else may be more able to stand before a crowd and share. You may find prayer something you enjoy doing or you may have been blessed financially, so you can help others in that area.
It doesn't matter how aware you are of your abilities, how you feel about yourself, or whether you have previously achieved success. You have God given abilities and He wants you to develop and use them for His glory.
But you can only develop the abilities you have; not the ones you want. When it comes to your character, you must never stop working on any areas of weakness. But when it comes to fulfilling your God-given assignment, you must recognize your strong abilities and give yourself to them wholeheartedly.