“The Wednesday Word” Podcast & Devotional
We thought it would be a great idea to have a mid-week recap & refresh of Pastor David’s Sunday sermon. Let’s make sure that we are learning all we can from them!
Pastor David’s Wednesday devotional will be related to the Sunday sermon in some way. It could be an expansion on a theme, a different twist, or some kind of content related to Sunday’s sermon. Various staff members and parishioners will gather to discuss the devotional and how it relates to our lives and maybe give some practical application of the word.
You can listen to the audio version in your car, while doing housework, during your workout, or whenever is most convenient for you. We want you to be able to access it at any time that is the right time for you to have a few minutes to read and reflect on it.
Pastor David’s devotional for September 21, 2022
I Corinthians 12:4-7
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Within the church there are several foundational doctrines. One doctrine is “The Ministry of all Believers.” The doctrine is just what it sounds—every Christian, regardless of age or station in life, is called to serve in the ministry of the gospel. Thinking back upon your life, is there a favorite ministry you have engaged in? If so, what was the ministry and why is it a favorite?
When it comes to the Ministry of all Believers, it is important to remember that ministry is not just something that happens at the church! Most ministries happen away from the church, in places of work, in neighborhoods, on the golf course or bowling alley, among family members—wherever it is that we are spending time with other people—because ministry has to do with how we live our lives day in and day out. As you go about this day, think about the opportunities that come your way to do something that is helpful and blesses another person’s life. Ministry!
Sometimes as we go about living our lives, God nudges us to do something very specific. Have you experienced God nudging you to do something or say something? If so, what was it, and how did acting upon God’s nudge impact a person’s life? Did it have any impact on your life?
I remember years ago when I was a new pastor, an opportunity arose for me to become involved in youth ministry. I had served as a youth director at several churches prior to becoming a pastor—so I had been there and done that! But the church I served was in a time of transition between youth leaders, and a need arose as did a nudge from God. At first, I was able to ignore the nudge. After all, I was already busy, and I didn’t need more to do. But for the next couple of weeks, the nudge kept coming to the point that it seemed like everywhere I went there was a reminder—you need to do this! Making a long story short, I gave in and took over leading the youth. The youth program grew as did the youth who were in the program, and I was greatly blessed by the experience of being with the kids. My involvement only lasted a year before God’s nudge led me to do something else, but that year was a great blessing, and I loved every minute of it.
Of course, nudges from God don’t happen every day. As a result, sometimes it can be difficult to know God’s calling, and how best to serve God. In my sermon on Sunday, I suggested four questions that can be helpful in discerning one’s calling and opportunities to make a difference in the world. The first question is “what are your spiritual gifts?” By Spiritual Gifts, I mean talents and abilities that can be used for the common good (I Corinthians 12:7). We all have gifts and recognizing our gifts can help point a direction for ways we can serve. What are your gifts?
The second question has to do with God given passion. What are things you love to do? Make a list of a few of them. In my sermon, I mentioned loving to travel with Geri, spend time at our Zion property, running my chain saw, and preaching and teaching. What is on your list?
Now, think about these two questions related to your list: Why do you love it? And what is the impact on others when you are doing it? The intersection between things you love to do, the gifts you have to offer, and the needs of others is a great place to look for opportunities to make a difference in this world. It may not be the only place to serve—but it is a good place, one where each one of us can make a difference in the lives of others for the common good.
God bless you and I hope to see you soon!