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Serve Christ Better

pathway signService of Christ can be the pathway to fulfillment in life. The great medical missionary, theologian and musician Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) wrote, "I don't know what your destiny will be, 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 people 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 whereas service leads us towards him.

Pathway to Fulfillment

Blue Bird"A spiritual gift" is defined by "The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church" as "an endowment given by the Holy Spirit." These are supernatural graces which individual Christians need (or needed in the days of the Apostles) to fulfil the mission of the church. Christians are called upon to take out and exercise their "spiritual gifts" from the Greek word "charismata" (singular "charism") and also to use their ministries to bless others and to glorify God. "Use what talents you possess," urged Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), the American author and educator, "the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Others benefit therefore from our spiritual gifts and talents. All gifts are bounteously, generously and freely given by a kindly God but they are like folded flags in our Christian 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 © 2018

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