Pastor Dale delivered a message about the prosecution of Christians this week and pretty much put the congregation to sleep, again. Though Dale is a devoted solid beam of light, he is also hypnotic and often elusive. His sermons are too often not understood or even confusing.
We all have a purpose driven by the skills God has blessed us with. Some of us are wired to be administrators, others are born leaders, some are gifted in the areas of manual labor while a few are destined to be teachers.
The bible reads “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)
Dale, for example, is a phenomenal musician. I do believe he belongs on stage however, not behind the pulpit sharing personal experiences that draw people away from the word but behind his guitar where he can truly serve the Lord with an enchanting voice and exceptional artistic skills.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one.” (1 Corinthians 12:4)
As members of Christ’s church, we are all called to serve Him using our God given gifts. “For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” (Romans 12:4-6)
But how will we know when we are using our skills according to God’s will? When you see the fruit of your service grow onto others according to the word of God, that’s when you know you’re fulfilling the Lord’s mission!
Some among you are already serving God using the gifts given by the all mighty while others are seekers looking to find their place in His church. To those searching for their role among the Christian family, I urge you to continue seeking remembering to glorify the Lord in everything you do.
“Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Know that as long as you obey God’s commands and live to glorify His word, you will be part of the divine tree of life and eventually through faith, you too will bear fruit.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4)
I invite all of you to take a good look around you this week and try recognize your influence in those who surround you at work, school and more importantly, at home. If you cannot see or taste the fruit of your efforts, you are in danger of following in Pastor Dale’s footsteps. However, if you can clearly see the Christ growing in them, then I praise God for your works and pray you will continue to serve Him as you have…
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We pray you will continue to guide our footsteps to serve you
And that you will keep giving meaning to our lives.
Lord we thank you for your gift of life in this world
And for giving us the opportunity to bless others around us,
Using skills and talents you gave us through the years.
God, we pray for your inspiration in the days ahead,
That we will be awakened to fulfill our life’s mission
And that we will see the light you shine all around us.
Lord, we thank you for your forgiveness in our sins
And ask you to give us strength to obey your word
And attain wisdom from the knowledge of others before us.
Father bless us with your love and your magnificence
That we may enjoy your creations all around us
And inspire others to do the same each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre