May 12, 2019
By: Jim Eschenbacher
Romans 12:6-8 (ESV)
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
This is one of several lists that seems to explain the gifts God gives believers. It actually describes how we ought to respond to the gifts He has given us.
Before I start with this sermon, I want to tell you about an interesting error that was made in the bulletins. The scripture reference was listed as Romans 6:6-8. I read that and found it pertained to the topic quite nicely. Perhaps the mistake was not one at all. It stated that our old nature is dead. We are new, in Christ.
Verse 8… Now, if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. That too describes our “True Purpose”.
I once wrote a paper on this subject titled… “Saved to”. People seem quick to list what they are saved from; but, we are also saved to. People don’t seem to be as quick with an answer for what they are saved to. Here is a short list: righteousness, witnessing, building one another up, giving, and being examples. We are saved from, in order to launch into life as God has given it. This sermon, by Drew, is definitely timely and poignant. So let’s dig in.
First, a question… Are we to live with purpose? We are not intended to bounce off walls and trip over obstacles. With the Holy Spirit as our guide, we are to live with purpose and live well. Sam Walton didn’t accidently start Wal-Mart, the best athletes don’t just get lucky, they practice hard with intention. They have purpose.
What is your purpose? Purpose is broader than a goal. I may have a goal but still lack purpose. Drew taught us about finding purpose.
1. Discover how you are gifted.
A. What do I thoroughly enjoy doing? Psalms 37:4
B. What do I think I do well? 1 Corinthians 12:7
C. What do others say I do well? Proverbs 12:15
According to Romans 12:6-8, we are to do all things with energy and zeal and cheerfulness. Here are some other scriptures about gifts: 1 Peter 4:10-11, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Corinthians 12 7-11, 1 Corinthians 12:27 & 28.
1 Corinthians 12:7 (ESV) To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
We are not gifted primarily for our own benefit; it is for the good of all.
God wouldn’t give us something that would encourage selfish thinking.
The real issue is that many people don’t use their gifts. You may use a questionnaire to determine what your gift might be, but then put it to good use. If we don’t use the gift we have been given, we and the body of the church will miss the blessing. Do whatever God gives you, and do it with all your heart.