This past Sunday I attended a large Nazarene Church in Visalia, California. The services were outstanding! It's refreshing to just 'go to church' with my wife every once in a while. I even wore jeans and enjoyed a latte during the service. SWEET!
During the service the pastor flashed a picture of about 7-8 men on the screen who were all gifted mechanics in their church. These guys get together and fix up cars that are donated to the church and then gift them to single moms and others with need for reliable transportation. They call this the NAZcar Ministry. That's really cool!
I got to thinking about how many talented folks attend church every week and never think to use their talents for ministry. Doesn't it just make sense to do for the Lord what we are already really good at doing? If you are a musician, then use your gift. If you happen to be a teacher, then teach. If you are a great cook, then find a way to use your cooking for the Lord. Maybe you are a talented seamstress...use that gift for the Lord. If you can fix up cars, then do it. If you have computer skills, use them for the Kingdom. If you have a green thumb, use that green thumb for God! The list is endless!
I love the passage in Acts where Peter and John go up to the temple to pray and are challenged by a crippled man to offer a gift. Peter looks at the man and says, "I don't have silver or gold, but what I do have is yours...". What do you have that could be used by God to minister to others?
If we're not careful we find ourselves attending church as observers and consumers. That is not what God called us to. He called us to take up our crosses and follow him. He called us to be servants.
What are you doing for the Lord? How are you serving Him?