Our church is going through our Vision Statement: “Building Families; Pursuing the Lord Jesus Christ; Living His Word, and presenting our Mission Statement: “Reaching, Reconnecting, Revitalizing and Reinforcing Families.”My prayer is that you, too, may discover your part in the fulfillment of this Mission Directive.
If you haven’t already discovered your Spiritual Gifts, there are many websites that offer this service. I have developed a Gift-Mapping Matrix handout imbedded below. You place your three highest ranking gifts in the center circle; then the next three-five in the next circle; and then the remaining gifts that scored fairly high in the out circle. The idea is that these gives jump from one circle to the other depending on the need and the movement of the Holy Spirit. As you avail yourself of these tools, you may reignite a passion for serving the Lord, and even if you already know your spiritual gifts, it would be good to refresh your memory.
As we discover our gifts, we begin the 3-D gift journey: Discover, Develop and Deploy our gifts. Now, of course, it is not the gift we deploy, but we are deployed. Some need OJT (on the job) training. Others will need formal training. Still others may need to step out and serve and discover which gifts are really their primary, secondary and tertiary gifts.
I want us to picture a sporting event where the bench is cleared for a very good reason: Everyone is on the field participating. And with the exceptions of time outs and halftime breaks (call them sabbaticals, if you will), we should keep the bench cleared.
Are you ready to get in the game of Building Families Pursuing the Lord Jesus Christ and Living His Word in the spheres of influence He has given each one of us? I am. Join me in praying for each other that we would join this journey of the 3-D gifts: Discovering, Developing, and Deploying this grace that He has so lavishly poured out on us.