Born to Serve

 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

God has given every person a gift for serving others. It’s what we’ve been created to do. We’ve heard some folks say, “Oh I don’t think I have a gift to serve. I’m not really qualified to do anything. I don’t have any serving skills or training. We live too far from the church. How could we serve from so far away? I’d be hesitant to get out of my comfort zone. But I hear they have all the volunteers they need at church anyway.

Josh Howard was like that in some ways. “I felt unqualified to serve anywhere at first,” he said. “I was really hesitant to try anything out of my comfort zone.

Somebody suggested he try the food pantry and that piqued his interest. “That might work,” Josh told himself. “It’s just handing out food.”

But Josh didn’t count on befriending a lady really down on her luck whose husband was in jail.

One of the volunteers suggested Josh go visit the lady’s husband in jail. Josh recoiled at the idea at first. But something (or Someone–can you say Holy Spirit) convinced Josh to take a giant leap out of his comfort zone and go visit the guy. So he did. But not just once. Josh went back several times and shared Josh’s faith and the gospel with the man and the man accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

Josh returned to the food ministry and sought out the man’s wife to tell her the great news about her husband accepting Christ and becoming a Christian. Well, guess what. The wife accepted Christ as her Savior that very day.

The lady’s husband finally got out of jail. Five days after he walked out of jail he died.

That guy is in heaven today hanging out with Jesus because Josh Howard took a giant leap of faith out of his comfort zone in obedience to God!

Josh will tell you he still felt unqualified to do what he did. But I told him he was exactly the right person God chose for the job. Since this happened, Josh has signed up to write letters to prisoners.

So don’t tell me you’re unqualified to serve. If you’re destined to do God’s work (even if you think you aren’t)God will choose you and qualify you and equip you and instruct you and guide you every step of the way.

And don’t tell me you don’t have a gift enabling you to serve. God has given EVERYone a gift for service.

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