Are You Neglecting your gifts?

April 10, 2017
By Jeremy Brown

Are you using the gifts that God gave you to benefit His word? In the bible God says He’s given each of us a gift that we should use to not only serve one another, but to also serve God & His church! (1 Peter 4:10) Are you using the gifts that God has blessed you with to spread His word? All of us in the church have a gift or a few gifts that God has blessed us with that we can use to grow & spread His word. I guess the biggest question is why God’s people won’t put their gifts in to use for His church/gospel. Why do we give our all at work, but come to services & we’re happy to sit there not really participate?

God says we’re all one unified under the body of Christ, but some of us have been given more gifts than others according to our faith. (Romans 12:3-10) God says that man shouldn’t use these differences in gifts to put ourselves on a pedestal as men often do, but we should humble ourselves & realize that all members have a unique set of gifts given to us by God that we should use in serving one another with. Can you imagine how great things would be if we all took the time to explore our specific gifts & used that gift to earnestly served one another! We shouldn’t be giving more to our job, than we do to the God we say we believe in & that’s something I myself need to work on. Many times we give our all at work & just come to church hoping others will use their gifts not expecting to use our own. We have to realize we’re serving our great God & He blessed us with those gifts to not just serve ourselves, but to be of service to others. Why not use the gifts we were given to serve & praise the one who gave them to us?!

We have to give thanks to God for the gifts He’s bestowed on us through prayer & by using those gifts to serve others. Some of us have been blessed with great personalities, musical gifts, cooking skills, teaching skills, compassion, wisdom, leadership, a giving heart, or anything you may be good at. (Corinthians 12:7-11)  God says if we don’t use & practice with the gifts He has given us, we will lose them. (1 Timothy 4:7-16 & Matthew 25:14-30) We should constantly work on serving God & our brethren with the gifts God gave us, so we may benefit His word. If we give our employer our all, doesn’t our creator who gave us those gifts deserve more!

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Are You Neglecting Your Gifts?

April 10, 2017

By Jeremy Brown

Are you using the gifts that God gave you to benefit His word? In the bible God says He’s given each of us a gift that we should use to not only serve one another, but to also serve God & His church! (1 Peter 4:10) Are you using the gifts that God has blessed you with to spread His word? All of us in the church have a gift or a few gifts that God has blessed us with that we can use to grow & spread His word. I guess the biggest question is why God’s people won’t put their gifts in to use for His church/gospel. Why do we give our all at work, but come to services & we’re happy to sit there not really participate?   Continue reading

Which Way Will You Swim?

By Jeremy Brown

I was recently listening to a motivational speaker, and she said something that goes with the Christian struggle. The speaker said, “Any dead fish can float down stream with the current, but it takes a live fish to swim upstream against the current!” Where are you in your Christian life? Are you just going along with the crowd doing what’s popular and ignoring what God commands us to do (Proverbs 4:2)? Many times in our nation we see those who claim to be Christian going completely against what the Holy Bible and God have to say regarding what is right and wrong. We can look back in our nation’s history and see the many times Christians should have taken a stand and spoken out against the evils of society, but they didn’t. Instead, they allowed it to happen or even took part in things they knew were wrong (Proverbs 9:6). Continue reading

Love Waxed Cold

by Jeremy Brown

Most days I wake up and wonder how we got to such a state! Before I can open up the latest issue of the Wall Street Journal, I can see images of a world with so much pain and a lack of love for thy neighbor, images of the latest bombing victims, mass shooting, etc., on the front page. “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). It’s become so common place that many of us are shocked when we turn on the news and we don’t hear about the latest mass shooting, mass bombing, murder, robbery, etc. How do we maintain our empathy and love for one another? Continue reading