Today I want to share with you something that I love… I LOVE baking. The smell of melted butter. The taste of a sweet buttercream frosting. The gooey middle of a cupcake. But mostly, I love the look on each person’s face when they taste the sweets I baked. This is one of my gifts that I love spending time on.
Each year, I have devoted an entire day to creating special cakes for each of my kiddos’ birthdays (yes, it usually ends up being more than one cake or LOTS of cupcakes, but we have to celebrate big, right?) The time I spend baking is a special time which I use to focus my good thoughts, remembering how truly sweet my little ones are, and baking in all of that love. So, what is my point this Valentine’s day?
God wants us to find our special gifts (the things that we love doing for others) and spend our time ministering those gifts. Jackie Kendall and Debby Jones, conference speakers, teachers, and authors of Lady in Waiting, teach us how to find our ministry and how to have the diligence to minister.
Kendall and Jones write: “Undistracted and unrelenting describe different facets of the word diligence.” They support this with a verse from First Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” In other words, work diligently with the gifts the Lord has blessed you with. Use your free time for Jesus.
Kendall and Jones also describe many ministries and the various ways we can serve the Lord in our work. Narrowing down these ministries, I feel called to:
–the ministry of writing (hopefully you all enjoy this about me)
–the ministry of hospitality (hosting dinners, decorating for parties, filling my fridge for guests)
-the ministry of helps (using my free time to help others in their daily life, and believe me, I can clean a good toilet and fold clothes in record time)
You should do this, too. Think about the gifts you have and how you can use them. God has gifted everyone in different ways. I know many people who are called to the ministry of prayer and spend their free time praying with others. I also know people who are called to the ministry of service and travel freely to serve Jesus. Whatever your gift may be, we must remember to let God lead.
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” -Colossians 3:23
Remember GO month? Let’s go back to those to-do lists! Kendall and Jones advise you to “look at your schedule and decide how some of your free time that was wasted yesterday might be redeemed today.” Complete the must be done’s on your list, accomplish the can be done’s, and fit your ministry in your free time every day. What you put out, God will fill back up in you. Let God fill your heart with His love! I pray that you feel truly loved this holiday, and that you find time to show His love to others. Happy Valentine’s Day!
by jessie springer
What ministry did God gift you? How did you find your ministry?