If you are a follower of Jesus, you are gifted for Jesus. One of my favorite quotes says: “If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not-nothing else matters.” We are convinced that Jesus is real, died on a cross for our sins and was raised from the dead. That is pretty amazing if it is true. And if it is true then everyone needs to know about it. That is the greatest gift God could ever give to mankind.
That is where our gifting comes into the conversation. It doesn’t matter how long you have been a Christian, how mature you think you are or how badly you have messed up, you can still be used by God in great ways. We do not define great the way the world does. All gifts and acts of service for God’s kingdom are equally great in God’s eyes. Sometimes we allow our perceived lack of ability to paralyze us and we do nothing for God. That is faulty thinking and must be changed. Any legitimate thing you do for God is great. He wants you to act and He will empower you to do so. After all He wants everyone to know about His great gift to us. God in fact gifts us because of the gift He gave us.
The apostle Paul tells us it is reasonable for us to serve God with our gifts if you are a Christian. Paul unpacks this in Romans chapter 12. Gifts are given to us because of the gift God gave to us in His Son on the cross. But don’t miss that your gifting is to be used in God’s church and for God’s church.
Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice– alive, holy, and pleasing to God– which is your reasonable service. 2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God– what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith. 4 For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function, 5 so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another. 6 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. (Rom 12:1-6 NET)
So God asks us to present our bodies (the church made of up of all those who follow Jesus) to present our bodies as a “single” sacrifice. That is reasonable noting all that God has done for us. It is unreasonable if we don’t use our gifts. Who wants to be an unreasonable Christian? You will notice that it is also the will of God to use our gifts. We are also to understand that we all have different gifts and in fact cannot take credit for them. God gives them to us and if God gives us something to use we should use it. If you give someone a gift don’t you want them to use it?
So I exhort you Christians to present your bodies as a sacrifice that is pleasing to God. You do this by joining together with other Christians in God’s church to use the gifts He has given you to use. The gifts are all about Jesus and what He has done for us-the ultimate gift of our salvation. If God Himself willingly died for us to give us the gift of salvation and then gifted us to tell others about this great gift, we best use our gifts with some urgency. If Christ is risen then nothing else matters-what better thing can you do with your life than to help give the greatest gift (the gospel) ever given to mankind. You can help deliver that gift to the world. If you don’t act, then you are unreasonable. It’s really that simple. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Blessings!