LOOKING FOR NEW
Over time in this blog, we’ve talked about how God can use you – even when you are not at 100% go power. I suggested to you how some things may change in our lives because of your health situation. Though you may not be able to minister or serve in the ways you enjoyed before your illness, God gives you the tools to use other gifts within you to serve in new ways. Are you looking for something new?
Try something different. Listen to God’s whisper to you as He leads you onto new paths. Consider what another servant- acquaintance has done and is now unable to accomplish. Can you step into that role?
The bible tells us about gifts that God has given to for His work and His glory. What does that really look like?
Will God diminish our abilities in what we used to do, so that we are obedient in serving Him in new way?
EXAMPLES OF NEW
Beth loved to serve in the kitchen, cooking and organizing events calling for meals at the church. She lost use of her legs, and moving around the kitchen became difficult. She was able to then work in the nursery happily rocking babies, and to share her testimony in the church’s newsletter.
Janet was a missionary to a remote, deep jungle tribe. She served victims of leprosy, and loved them – even in compromising situations. She lost her feet, and then her legs to the ugly disease. This dear woman taught tribes-people to serve God, by being her legs. This missionary eventually lost her hands. Tribes-men reached out, being an extension of her love, and for God’s love.
She became almost completely disabled. A tribesman fashioned a pen attached to a pole that she then held in her mouth. She was able to write in this difficult way to inform her supporting church and others of the work that was continuing to thrive in the area where she served.
PROMPTS TO TRY SOMETHING NEW
• DO YOU BELIEVE He can use your physical condition to reach others in the same circumstances?
•DO YOU KNOW someone who needs a listening ear? Listening to those who have broken hearts is serving God for His purpose.
Being attentive is time spent that others may not be able to give.
Be present. Sometimes all that is needed is to be a presence in a Sunday school middle grade class. Even in the nursery, when other help is present, you can be watchful and listening to changes that occur with babies and toddlers.
• DO YOU KNOW someone in the church that needs a fill in only occasionally?
• WHAT GIFTS OR SERVICE can you offer that does not require your physical body?
Praying for others is always a selfless act of service and praise to our Father. Perhaps your church of group needs warriors to actively pray for a specific need or person- “until something happens”. Many others who would pray lack the time and the fortitude to pray without ceasing.
Reading the bible or other materials aloud is helpful to those shut ins at home or in nursing facilities and for the blind. You may also be able to simply read to a pre-school class on Sundays.
If you are able to use your hands in even a limited way; write very short, encouraging messages to shut ins, service people, missionaries or college students.
You may also be a help in the church office sorting and organizing newsletters or mail, or many other materials.
If you are not a singer, you can still serve God by making phone calls. Perhaps someone just needs to hear your voice on the phone occasionally to brighten their day. Does your church’s office or women’s ministry or other need someone to call to give reminders for upcoming events or meetings?
OLD TRAITS, SOMETHING NEW
Actions, attitudes, or behaviors. http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-personality-traits.html
How is your attitude? Even that can be a message of God’s love and a seed planted for the growth for someone searching out God. What actions do you take to dispel a bad attitude, or to encourage others?
GOD’S NEW WAY
One of these service-gifts is within you, waiting to be released by God’s Holy Spirit. Are you listening? God has designed a particular gift in your personality as a tool to do His work.
“There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” I Corinthians 12:5-6
In one season, God allowed you to serve Him using your hands or feet, your voice, or your compassion to serve. Time passes, circumstances change according to His plan, and God offers new season, and new ways to accomplish His will.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” Ecclesiastes 3:11a
April Boyer © 2018