What do you think first-century Christians might ask us about modern life?
Thank You, Father, for bringing us to maturity in Christ.
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God” (Ephesians 4:1 NLT, emphasis added).
We are not called just to make it to heaven, but to successfully make it through life. God destined us to meet certain people and achieve certain things along the way. The Lord graciously gifted us, therefore, to better equip us for what He intended.
God so wants you to succeed that He “fixed the fight,” so to speak. He has given you an “unfair advantage” by empowering you with specific spiritual gifts that make you extremely effective at bringing His plans to fruition. The base-operating system of these tremendous giftings is godliness. By imitating His nature, you allow these powerful attributes to shine forth in your life.
Character is the foundation of calling. Character begins with humility and is expressed through the fruit of the Spirit. Character is driven by love.
How does the Lord deal with you regarding your character development? Are you flexible and teachable? Have you ever tried to avoid your calling? Share with the group.
Your gifting will manifest itself in one of these areas:
–leadership, entrepreneurial, pioneering–keyword: action
–sensitive, spiritual, creative–keyword: presence
–bold, vocal, adventurous–keyword: gospel
–loving, caring, relational–keyword: fun
–curious, truth-centered, knowledgeable–keyword: truth
After reading this list, which gifting do you think is your gifting? Share with the group.
How can you leverage your gift to advance the kingdom? Share with the group.
Recognize the way God has created and gifted you. Be sensitive to the Spirit, and allow yourself to be pruned to produce more fruit.
Ask the Holy Spirit to daily correct you and prune you this week. Walk confidently in the natural gifting that God has given you. Recognize that others may not share your gift but see the world through a different lens.