Ephesians 4: 8 - "Wherefore he saith, when he ascended upon high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men."
God has given spiritual gifts to every believer and your gifts are to be used consistently in the body of Christ. God calls every believer to serve Him and abound in His work. It is a sinful copout to say, "I just don't know my gift." If you seriously ask God, He will certainly reveal your spiritual gift. Today, there are many helpful tools to help you discover your gifts. If you are truly willing to serve Him, there are scores of immediate needs in your church. In Luke 14: 8, we see a tragic story of people making excuses about why they couldn't heed God's call.
Questions for Reflection: Do you continually look for ways to serve God or are you content to sit and be served? Do you make excuses why you cannot serve God through your church? Do you refuse to serve unless it is a high profile job? Have you been willing for everyone else to do the work while you remain a spectator and receive the ministry of others? Are you lazy and irresponsible in the jobs you have taken? Have you failed to exercise your gift with all diligence?
It is sad but true that twenty percent of church members do eighty percent of the work and giving in churches. Which percentage are you in? Though there are certainly times when your abilities may be limited, you must make sure you are not ignoring God's service by making excuses (even homebound people can often serve in a prayer ministry).
Does God convict you of the need to discover and use your spiritual gifts? Have you been spiritually lazy? Do you sense the need to become a productive member of Christ's church? If you confess your sin and obey Christ in service, you will discover a phenomenal new joy!
As we confess our indolence and failure to be as productive in our Christian life and witness as we could be, as we acknowledge our failure to seek the gifts of God's Spirit that he wants to give us for His glory and His service, and as we endeavor to forsake those sinful attitudes, we remember always that it is "Christ in us, the Hope of Glory" (Col. 1: 27). As believers, we are forgiven and empowered by the covenant of Christ's blood and His indwelling life and not our good works. As we plead His precious blood and wholly trust in His fullness, we know that victory is ours!