Equipped to Be Good and Serve

The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 34:22

Have you ever kept a secret talent to yourself because you thought others would think it was stupid? Have you ever been excited to do something, but then became discouraged because someone else could do it much better than you? It’s easy to judge our abilities based on the abilities of other people. In fact, our perception of our abilities in the eyes of other people can be so powerful that we may determine that we are valuable or invaluable solely by whether or not we are as good as someone else. The sad part is that people don’t just do this with their passions or abilities, but also with their service to God. But the truth is that Scripture makes it clear that, regardless of how good you might think your ability to serve God is, God proclaims that your service to Him is both valuable and necessary. So, let’s take a look at what God says about our service to Him through our reading today, in a lesson called “Equipped to be Good and Serve”.

TRANSCRIPT

Opening

Hello everyone, I would like to welcome you to another ACBC Youth Alive Broadcast, where our hope for you is to be equipped to grow close to Christ and made alive in Him.

 

Bible Memory Verse

Our Bible Memory Verse for this week is Psalm 34:22.

The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

 

Introduction Questions

  1. Have you ever kept a secret talent to yourself because you thought others would think it was stupid?

  2. Have you ever been excited to do something, but then became discouraged because someone else could do it much better than you?

It’s easy to judge our abilities based on the abilities of other people. In fact, our perception of our abilities in the eyes of other people can be so powerful that we may determine that we are valuable or invaluable solely by whether or not we are as good as someone else. The sad part is that people don’t just do this with their passions or abilities, but also with their service to God. But the truth is that Scripture makes it clear that, regardless of how good you might think your ability to serve God is, God proclaims that your service to Him is both valuable and necessary. So, let’s take a look at what God says about our service to Him through our reading today, in a lesson called “Equipped to be Good and Serve”.

 

Let’s read what Scripture has to say about this:

 

Text for This Week: 1 Corinthians 12:1–11 (ESV) — 1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

 

Devotional

Have you ever taken a math test before, written down the correct answer, only to get your test back and find out you got the answer wrong? And it never seems to fail that they tell you why you got it wrong, either, does it? Every time this happens, written in big fat red letters is “Show your work” and “You didn’t use the method I taught you”. I’ve always thought this was totally unfair. If I got the right answer, who cares if I used your method or not? It worked! Well, truthfully, this doesn’t only happen in math class, it happens in real life, also. I remember when I was in a soccer league in middle school, one of the most important lessons we were taught was, when you kick the ball, you have to kick it with the instep of your foot instead of the toes of your foot. Because with the instep, you can direct the path of the ball, while with your toes, the ball tends to go flying in random directions, leaving you totally unsure where the ball will travel. Well, I remember one day we were practicing shooting penalty kicks, and one after another we would kick the ball and, one after another, the goalie would catch it before it went into the net. There was no stopping that goalie, he was amazing. Well, last in line was Ben, and he was the worst kid on our team. In fact, none of us ever thought he would ever be able to kick the ball passed the goalie. Well, up came his turn, and as he lumbered up to the ball, he pulled back his leg, and POP, hit the ball with the front of his toes just like he was told not to. And, to everyone’s surprise, that ball went straight into the air, flew passed the goalie’s hands, and right into the net. Immediately, we all protested, “Coach, he kicked it the exact way you told him not to!” But again, and again, we kept missing and his ball kept going into the net. And after we complained for the 5th time or so, the coach voiced up and said, “I don’t care whether he did what I told him or not, he’s scoring me goals and you guys aren’t doing anything.” It was a good lesson for me in more than one way. And I think this lesson applies to our worship service of God, also. So often Christians lock down their understanding of what it means to serve God based on what other people say it means. They get the idea that service means either preaching, or missions service, or serving on the worship team, and because they can’t do those things, they feel like the can’t serve the Lord. But 1 Corinthians 12:4 and 6 say, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are verities of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” I’m forced to wonder how many of us have wonderful gifts that we can use to serve our God, but we don’t because we are discouraged by what other people might think about it… and I also wonder how much the Church suffers because they don’t serve. “That’s not useful” or “that’s just weird” we might think about our desire to serve God. Well God has something else to say about that, “He empowers all gifts within all people and no one who loves Him is unable to serve Him.” In fact, He says so in v.7, that He gives them all for the common good of His ministry. It doesn’t matter whether we follow a specific path or method. It doesn’t matter whether we can serve as well as someone else. As long as we serve, we are in obedience, however that looks. And God blesses all who choose to serve Him faithfully.

 

Meditation Questions

So, here’s my meditation questions for you today:

  1. Am I sitting in unservice to God because I think that He can’t use my gift for His glory?

  2. Do I think of myself as less valuable to serve Him because I’m not as talented or as capable as someone else in my congregation?

  3. Or even worse, do I find myself useless because I no longer am able to serve God with a talent that I used to have? Think about these and ask yourself if you truly fall into this category. I pray that all of you might be able to have the bravery to step and serve our Lord, because regardless of what you think of yourself, or what your classmates might think, or even what the rest of the world think, you have an ability within you and the Lord has a deep desire to use it for His glory, and He longs to teach you about His love for you through it, as well. Let’s Pray.

 

Final Prayer

Dear Father, today we pray a prayer of thanks that we have the ability to serve you. And not just to serve, but that all of us can serve with great purpose and success as you determine within each and every one of us. I am reminded of what Paul says in just the very next set of verses, where He says, all members of the body of Christ are essential to that body, and that one cannot say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong on the body”. In the same way, one cannot say, “Because I am not gifted in that area of ministry, I cannot serve my God.” Lord, help us put this lie to death within us that we may serve you faithfully. I pray that you would empower each of us to find where it is that we have passions and where it is that we have desires to serve you so that you may embolden us toward that and help us to make a fuller body of Christ. Lord grant us the deep pleasure of service to you, and we pray and ask all these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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