Grace For The Journey
Christian teachers often use the language of the athletic world to bring the truths of the Gospel to life. So under the title of Being On God’s Team we will briefly look at two important aspects of the biblical teaching of being on God’s Team!
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:7, “Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
Grace brings us not only salvation but supplies us with all we need to live out that salvation. Notice what this verse tells us about that wonderful gospel truth . . .
- You Are Endowed
Every member of God’s Team is gifted. When God picks a player to be on His team, He equips that person with the ability to play in the game.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10-11, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11)
The Bible teaches that when God saves you He also endows with the ability to do what He has called you to do in the service of others as a faithful steward of God’s grace to you. Peter gave the reason for this service: “So that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” So . . . how is God being praised through the use of your gifts for the good of others and the glory of God?
- You Are Equipped
The Bible says In Ephesians 4:12 that God has given certain individuals to the church, “To equip the saints for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ.”
When you are a part of God’s Team, you are also equipped to play your part to further the cause of His kingdom. Every member of God’s team is to go from being a spectator to a servant . . . to change from being a consumer to a contributor.
Over the years I have counseled far too many Christians who feel they have disqualified themselves for service in some way and that God can no longer use them. I tell them this:
YOU CANNOT UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY
IF YOU STAY LOCKED UP IN YOUR PAST!
Just a cursory glance through the Bible will show that most of those who did the most for God’s kingdom had checkered pasts.
- Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife to save his own skin.
- Moses was a murderer; so was David.
- Jacob was a schemer.
- And who can forget that the great apostle Paul held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr, to death. Acts 8:1 records that Paul looked on with approval!
Here is a great little story that makes it clear that everyone is both valuable and needed on God’s Team . . .
One day the Carpenter’s tools held a conference. Brother Hammer presided but several of the other tools suggested that he leave the meeting because he was too noisy. Brother Hammer replied, “If I must go, so too Brother Screw. You have to turn him around again and again to get him to accomplish anything.”
Brother Screw spoke up, “If you wish, but Sister Plane must go too…all her work is on the surface and has no depth to it at all.” Sister Plane responded, “Sister Rule will also have to withdraw for she is always measuring folks as though she were the only one who is right.”
Sister Rule then complained against Brother Sandpaper, “You ought to leave too because you’re so rough and always rubbing people the wrong way.” In the midst of this discussion, in walked the Carpenter of Nazareth ready to start His day’s work.
He went to His bench to make a pulpit from which to proclaim the Gospel. He employed the hammer, screw, plane, rule, sandpaper, and all the other tools. After the day’s work when the pulpit was finished, Brother Saw arose before all the other tools and remarked, “Brothers and sisters, I observe that all of us are workers together with the Lord.”
Hits the nail on the head, doesn’t it?
I have a very important question to ask you – How many extra Christians did God make? Silly question, isn’t it? The answer, of course, is none; that means you are both endowed and equipped to do what God has called you to do as a vital and valuable member of God’s Team!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”