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Serving Christ

pathway signService of Christ can be the pathway to fulfillment in life. "I don't know what your destiny will be," wrote the great medical missionary, theologian and musician Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965 AD), "but one thing I know, the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Some may try good works as a substitute for loyalty to Christ. Serving Christ properly belongs within the Body of Christ, but not as a way of entering it. Works alone lead us away from God instead of towards him.

Pathway to Fulfillment

Blue BirdChristians are called upon to exercise their spiritual gifts or "charismata" and also to use their ministries in the Mystical Body. "Use what talents you possess," urged Henry Van Dyke (1852 - 1933 AD), the American author and educator, "the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Others should benefit from our spiritual gifts and talents. All gifts are bounteously and freely given by a kindly God but they are like folded flags in our lives until we unfurl them for his use. Christian fulfillment and true happiness result from exploring and exercising our spiritual gifts.

"Christian Spiritual Gifts"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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