Next year decide to move on to the next stage of your life. Just as Paul encouraged the church during his time on earth, today the Holy Spirit guides believers to fulfill their God-given purpose. If you believe in God’s inspired Word, then you must move beyond the walls of home and church to share the news with everyone!
Your ministry is everyone who is around you! Please don’t wait to be healed, to feel anointed, to get over grief, to have time, to have enough money or until the kids grow up. Whatever gifts you have been given, I promise you that God needs your service now (1 Corinthians 12:7). Challenge yourself to move out of your ‘comfort zone’ and share your gifts with those whom God puts in your path!
- First, have a plan. Pray and ask God for guidance on how you need to grow and serve during the next year. It’s critical to seek God’s direction and then take His hand!
- Second, find out what your ministry gifts are. Talk to your pastors or trusted leaders and ask for guidance. The church has many ministry areas that can use your talents. Don’t reinvent the wheel; just get connected to make an immediate impact.
- Third, set realistic goals. Remember that it’s not quantity, it’s the quality of the work that you do in the name of Jesus.
- Finally, take action and don’t wait to be asked to do something, just go for it!
Whether you need to take the first step in service to God or if you need a new strategy or direction from the Lord, I encourage you to make a meaningful impact with the time you have in 2009 by using your unique gifts!