“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” – 1 Peter 4:10
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3: 17
As I have taught about spiritual gifts for the last 18 years, I have learned that most of the spiritual gifts are things every Christian is called to practice on a regular basis, except they are on “steroids.” Most of the gifts-mercy, hospitality, service, giving, etc., we are all called to do as believers. So whether I am gifted or not, I am called to be merciful, I am called to be welcoming to those who are strangers or different from me, as a parent I am called to teach my children and lead them. So God has covered every base to show us how important it is for us to do our part in the body, whether that is in the little body of my home or the bigger body of Christ. And graciously, God always gives us the ability to do what is necessary.
But there are lots of things that need to be done that don’t even fit in the list of gifts. In my house, I am not gifted at taking out the trash, or unloading the dishwasher, but they need to be done to make my home run smoothly. I do love to cook and my husband loves to clean up, so we make a great team. We have divided up all the little jobs that make our home efficient, and yet there are times we have to fill in for each other, or we see something that needs to be done now, and we do it. Sometimes I find God is asking me to do things I don’t really like to do, to remind me that I can do it joyfully and honor him in obedience. God didn’t cover every minute detail under gifts because one of our primary calls as believer is to love and serve one another as unto the Lord.
The same thing is true in this body. We have a home here, consisting of two buildings. There are lots of things that need to be done that aren’t covered in the list of spiritual gifts. Kitchens need to be put in order, chairs need to be straightened, coffee needs to be made and cleaned up, sidewalks need sweeping, weeds need pulling, etc., etc., etc. We are all called to pitch in to make our Summit home run smoothly. So serving in these areas is not a serving out of giftedness, but a serving out of need. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of the things that need to be done. But the more hands that help the lighter the workload will be, the more these buildings will look like home. So if you don’t know what needs doing, please ask. There’s a running list that we would love your help to complete. And the fringe benefit of helping with all the little things is that if you do it with a couple of other people, you may meet a new friend, or have someone pray for you in the process.
Look around your home and see all the little things that you or your family members do to make it feel like home. Now take that picture and ask yourself: How could I serve as unto the Lord to make Summit feel more like a home? Then find out how you can make that happen.