GET ACQUAINTED: What one gift, talent, or ability do you enjoy using most for the Lord?
SCRIPTURE: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 )
Open your gathering with prayer. This is only a guide.
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OBSERVATION: As we continue with our series, we keep learning that God has called us. So far, we’ve looked at 1) we are to become like Him, and 2) He has called us individually. This week we focus on God has called me and shaped me to serve or minister, not just pastors. Even the menial task becomes meaningful when we perform it for God.
- “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10 ) God has given you gifts, talents, and abilities that are unique to only you so that you can serve others and glorify Him. What is one way you would like to utilize who God has created you to be to help others this week? Who do you think will receive greater joy, the one you helped or you?
- “… even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28 ) Think of the most difficult person you regularly encounter in your life. What do you think would happen in your relationship with them if you were to intentionally serve them in some way? How do you think that would affect your relationship with them? How would your unselfish actions make you feel about that person and about yourself?
- “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 ) What difference does it make in your life when you offer up your work to the Lord. How can your effectiveness in ministry change by knowing you were created to do good works?
- “… whoever would be great among you must be your servant …” (Matthew 20:26 ) As a Life Group, brainstorm and write down some ways that you can model Christ’s servant attitude. Complete the list by including actions you, as individuals, can take to bless someone during the week. Ask someone to record the actions and have them circulate this list to all your Life Group members as an encouragement to practice loving and serving others on a regular basis.
- Think of ways your Life Group might continue serving others. Or how your family could reach out to someone or another family to be a blessing in a way only your family can. Or what about you individually? Ask, “God, what unique role do you have for me in my church or community?”
- What changes do you need to make in your life in order to be a good servant for the Lord? How would those changes impact your legacy?
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, You created us in Your image. You sent Your Son Jesus as our model for a godly life. Help us lay down our pride, our routines, and all our resources at Your feet. Show us how to serve unselfishly and to find our meaning in ministering with a whole heart. Let us not be concerned with who sees us, because You see everything, and You remember all we do. Let everything we do be done for Your glory. Amen!”