You have the desire to serve God and His Kingdom. You want to use your spiritual gifts. But maybe sometimes you get paralyzed by the “how.” You’re not quite sure what’s the absolute best way for you show your love for Christ in your interactions with the larger fellowship of believers. You might see your sisters in the faith leading worship or caring for orphans or teaching the gospel–and you might feel lost because you don’t think you have the skills or the specific calling to one of those areas. Maybe you’ve decided it’s best to just wait until you find your ultimate vocation, your perfect fit in the Body of Christ, but in the meantime, you’re stuck and anxious, wondering when you’ll get your chance to do Kingdom work.
Today, read the Parable of the Talents. The words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” thrill us. And we might justly tremble when we read of the judgment placed on the servant who, out of fear and indecision, decided to do nothing with the talent of gold the master entrusted to him. Scripture indicates that it’s better simply to start serving than to wait for the absolute perfect streak of inspiration, or the perfect knowledge of how you can best serve the Kingdom. Scripture gives us a general outline for obedient service in the two greatest commandments, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40). Say “yes” to the next opportunity that comes your way to obey those commands and you’ve begun your journey of service. Refuse to be paralyzed by the lack of a ‘perfect’ ministry for your gifts. During some seasons, God does birth specific dreams and callings for service in our hearts. At other times, we may not have such a specific calling. What ought we to do? Serve anyway.
Looking forward with you to that day when we will report to our Master on how we used the gifts he gave us,