Belonging Series, Part 3
God calls us to serve Him
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
God has a PURPOSE for your life
Jeremiah 29:11 has often been mistranslated as “plans” rather than purpose or thoughts.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the purpose (or thoughts) I have for you,” declares the LORD, “purpose (or thoughts) to prosper you and not to harm you, purpose (or thoughts) to give you hope and a future.
God works His purposes through us.
God can work in all things even when those things are bad.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
God does not need our help
“Nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25).
We need God’s help to produce His fruit
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (John 15:30
God wants OUR help
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
How do I serve?
A listing of the at least twenty spiritual gifts are listed in Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-16. There are number of spiritual gift test. Click here for a link.
Gifts: service, exhortation, giving, leadership, administration, helps, mercy, faith, wisdom, apostle, evangelism, pastor, teaching, knowledge, discernment, healings, miracles, prophecy, tongues, tongues interpretation
Other Gifts: celibacy, hospitality, martyrdom, missionary, voluntary poverty
Serve as Sons and Daughters, not as Servants
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
We do not serve out of servant mentality, but out of a sonship relationship. We do not confine ourselves to roles or even gifts, but we free to do everything. We serve not because we have to, but because we want to. We are not servants earning a paycheck, but are full shareholders fully invested in the family business.