A few months ago a young woman with a passion for Jesus asked whom I listened to during the week for inspiration. I didn’t hesitate. Most every week I tune in to Chris Hodges (Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL), Patrick Mead (Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, Franklin, TN), David Platt (Radical with David Platt, Moody Radio), Buddy Bell (Landmark Church, Montgomery, AL), and Max Lucado/Randy Frazee (Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX). I enjoy the variety of styles and perspectives, which constantly provide something new to chew on. And as you know by now, chewing on Scripture is one of my most favorite things! Besides that, listening to these guys makes my morning walks even more enjoyable.
This past Sunday Chris Hodges spoke on spiritual gifts, igniting a fire under my desire to share the love of Jesus with others. Writing and teaching seem to be the way I’m wired to accomplish that. Nothing gets my happy face on faster than being able to stand in front of a group and share all that God’s done for me. You may not be wired that way. You may feel more comfortable with a broom and dustpan rather than a story and a podium. You might get more excited by singing, taking care of the elderly, teaching young children, sewing, lifting others in prayer, organizing events, or keeping tabs on the money. No matter who you are, you have a gift that God intends for you to use. The church is the pot in which all those gifts get stirred together to form the body of Christ. “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” (Romans 12:4-6, NIV)
[By the way, Jennifer and Benjamin arrived home last night!! Thank you, God! My family has been overwhelmed with the body of Christ’s response to our little Benjamin’s 63-day hospital adventure. So many acts of kindness from so many different churches uniting under one name – Jesus!]
The last few minutes of Chris’ message gives us all a very clear picture of what it means to be a part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession. Because of Jesus, we are all priests with full access to God. We become gifted followers because of the inimitable way God created us. He knitted us together in our mother’s womb for a reason. We can walk with a spring in our steps and joy in our hearts when we follow our personalized passion. You don’t want to miss this four minute video clip:
My name is Donna. I’m a priest. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I write and speak to share all God’s done for me in hopes it will encourage others to get to know Jesus. I was made for this!
What about you? Go ahead and click the comment box with confidence, and let us know how God wired you.