Another Year: What Should I Do with It?
 
There have been times when I would have liked for God to come to me and speak audibly about what He would like me to do: like He did with Adam and Eve and Noah and Moses and Elijah—or at least send an angel to tell me what to do.
 
So, instead of waiting for a burning bush to give you direction or perhaps randomly trying to choose what God would like you to do by casting lots, here are a few suggestions:
 
First, seek the Lord…about how He has uniquely created and designed you.  If you haven’t ever completed a Spiritual Gifts Inventory, then that may help you see how God has gifted you.  We are each gifted and put together differently so that together, we complete the body of Christ. There are Spiritual Gift Inventories available in the Church Office for you to complete.  It’s a good way to begin as you pray about how God has equipped you to serve Him.
 
Ephesians 2:10:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (ESV).
 
Second, seek a place…of service by looking for the needs in the church.  Ministry requires ministers.  For ministries to exist and function, workers are needed. As you begin to look at the needs, you may find one that matches up with your gifts, talents, and interests.  That may be one way that God will direct you to where He wants you to serve.
 
Sometimes, however, when you see a need, God may give you a burden to meet that need.  When a burden is given, our proper response is to take action.
 
Matthew 9:37-38
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;  therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest (ESV).”
 
Third, seek your heart…about your own willingness to answer God’s call.  It’s one thing to see the need and another thing to follow through and serve.
 
Will you say, “yes,” to God?
 
Isaiah 6:8
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me (ESV).”
 
 
May God bless you as you serve Him – Pastor Tom