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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Sitting or Pressing"

Date published: 02/16/2015
1 Timothy 4:14 “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.” (NIV) 

   Is your life in Christ focused on you using the gifts God has entrusted to you, or is it about receiving good teaching and participating in all the right Christian activities? Paul was telling Timothy not to neglect that gift, while 1 Peter 4:10 further admonishes you to use it to further God’s kingdom, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.” (NIV) It becomes so easy in today’s Christian environment to not witness, disciple, serve, minister, or step out in the directing and gifting God has given you. You can attend church activities for years and never administer God’s grace in those areas in which He has placed you. In Philippians 3:14, Paul encourages you to press into God, so that you can press on in furthering His kingdom, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)  

   If these truths are taught in His Word, how does this call you to respond?  If God’s Word is truth, shouldn’t you press on through the work of the Holy Spirit?  Allow God to use every gift bestowed upon you in a way that will allow God’s grace to be lavishly bestowed on others through you. As Jesus died on the cross to show God’s grace and love, you must be willing to die to self to become a vessel of God’s grace and love to others. In 2 Corinthians 6:1 you are urged not to take Christ’ sacrifice in vain, “As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.” (NIV) Do not delete this devotion without first asking God to clearly make known your calling in Christ. Pray, get in the Word, fast, set time aside for Him…make this a priority! Second, ACT. Let nothing Christ has done for you and in you be in vain.  Act on the gift He has given you, so that it multiplies His love and grace throughout the community of relationships you live in and any specific purpose He has given you.  

1 Thessalonians 1:11 “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” (NIV) 

Added Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 and Matthew 25:14-30 

Do you know someone who needs this message on being used by God? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ. 

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.” 

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