Monday, August 1, 2016

What instrument do you play?

Earlier this summer 16 of us from LICL participated in an evangelism/discipleship workshop called Awaken/Activate.  The workshop was designed to help disciples of Jesus identify our gifts and passions and to use those things to find our place in God's mission to witness Christ to other people.

Through the workshop I was encouraged to pursue something that I participated in while at my former church in South Carolina.  Myself and others found joy by working with and serving developmentally disabled adults.  Our ministry and outreach to this group of people was fulfilling and much fun.  In the coming months I'm going to pursue a new opportunity that has opened up to me and to our church.  I can't wait to see what God does this time.

Thinking about the workshop reminded me of something Max Lucado wrote in his book, "Outlive Your Life."

There are things only you can do and you are alive to do them.  In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song.

What's your instrument? What's your song? In what way or ways has God gifted you? Have you ever considered a favorite hobby as a way that you could reach out to others and witness Christ to them? Do you have a particular gift that as you put it to use would enable you to show the love of Jesus to others?

Sometimes we think that we need some kind of special training in order to participate in God's mission of making disciples.  Maybe all we need to do is to see and understand how God's has blessed and gifted us and then put those gifts to work.

Go out today and make a joyful noise to the Lord! (Psalm 100)