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Serve Christ Better

pathway signService of Christ could 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 tried good works as a substitute for loyalty to Christ. Serving Christ properly belonged within the Body of Christ, but not as a way of entering it. Works alone led us away from God whereas service led us towards him.

Pathway to Fulfillment

Blue Bird"A spiritual gift" was defined by "The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church" as "an endowment given by the Holy Spirit." These were supernatural graces which individual Christians needed throughout history and in the days of the Apostles to fulfil the mission of the church. Christians were called upon to search out and exercise their "spiritual gifts." and also to use their ministries to bless others and to glorify God. The words "spiritual gifts" came from the Greek word "charismata" and the singular "charism." "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 therefore benefitted when we used our spiritual gifts and talents. All gifts were bounteously, generously and freely given by a kindly God but they were like folded flags in our Christian lives until we unfurled them for his use. Christian fulfillment and true happiness resulted from exploring and exercising our spiritual gifts.

"Christian Spiritual Gifts"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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