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Everyone is gifted to serve, says pastor

Published:Saturday | July 29, 2017 | 7:00 AMTamara Bailey

Manchester:

There are some with the gift of giving who give to receive praises; there are others with the gift of prophecy who use it as an iron fist over people; and there are those who have been blessed with many talents but use them for their own glory.

Have you been using your gift to the glory of the One who gave it to you?

Or have you forgotten that had it not been for the Creator, the gifts you use against His will would not have been yours to use?

1st Corinthians 12:4-7 says: "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the spirit for the common good."

No gift should be used against the will of God as each gift is a representation of the spirit of God in an individual's life.

Women's ministries director of the Campbell's Castle Seventh-day Adventist Church, Cecile Forbes, in a recent sermon, cited the importance of living a life in line with the plans God has for our life.

"Each gift demonstrates the purpose God has for our lives. God has given each of us at least one gift, once you believe."

Forbes added that a spiritual gift is different from a talent, but should be sought and executed with the same passion.

She made mention of Prophetess Ellen G. White, who, despite her shortcomings - her limited education, her periodic self-doubt - said yes to God and documented her visions by writing over 5,000 articles and approximately 40 books, which are now accessible worldwide.

"It is our responsibility to share that same passion for our gifts. No one else can do what you can do. It is not enough to read your Bible every day, to come to church and sit in the pew. The world needs to see Jesus through our actions, through our decisions and being His hands and feet, glorifying Him through our spiritual gifts."

She added that each member makes up the Church, and when one member is missing, the body of Christ suffers.

"It matters not your status or your gender. Leaders are called to serve. It matters not if you work full time, have to care for your family. You may not feel needed or believe you have any gift at all, but no one has time to make excuses. The Second Coming is at hand."

"The Creator gifted you; He wants you. Ask God to reveal your gift and work purposefully. The more you work, (the more) you will develop the self-confidence and work according to His will," she ended.

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