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You've Got Skills

Your dreams and talents are bigger than you can possibly imagine. I know that sounds like drastic preacher talk, but I mean it. Upon being born again as a Jesus follower, God not only sends the Spirit to live in your heart, but he endows you with what the bible calls spiritual gifts. The Spirit gives us insights, ideas, and inspirations on how, when, and where to use these spiritual gifts.

The more you get to know yourself and the closer you walk with Jesus, you’ll find opportunities for these spiritual gifts to help someone or something.

If we believe in the sovereignty of God, then we have to trust there are no accidental encounters. When you notice people in need, problems with no remedy, or chaotic situations, you and your spiritual gifts may be what God has in mind for the solution.

It may not always be a massive, world changing initiative. It may simply be someone who comes to mind that needs an encouraging text, phone call, or a cup of coffee on your dime. Or something huge...

There could be an injustice that you’re supposed to confront, a non-profit you’re supposed to launch, or a team that is missing your skillset. Something that breaks your heart or you can’t stop thinking about just might be where the Spirit is wanting you to utilize your gifts.

I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it. 1 Corinthians 12:14-18 MSG

You are not second string on this team known as the body of Christ. Your story and your gifts are significant. Your gifts aren’t just for you. They’re for your church and this world.

We NEED what God WANTS to do in and through you.

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My life is steadied by three anchors - Jesus, my family, and grilling. If you hang around here, I hope you'll see that to be true, not just an aspiration. You'll probably also see room for improvement in how I relate to all three. I'm a tremendous beneficiary of grace in just about every area of my life. Jesus has been my king for 20 years and for 15 of those I've been serving his church. I couldn't ask for a better job than pastoring. Erica stole my heart 10 years ago and we've been married for 8. So much of our world revolves around our 2 kids, Declan and Adelaide. Erica and I are both on staff at church in the Atlanta, Georgia area called More Life Change.


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