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How to Serve God When Your Gifts aren’t Glamorous

Serving God is a concept that has permeated numerous cultures and religions around the world, and it often involves high degrees of personal commitment, spiritual devotion, and practical action.

We understand that at the core, serving God is deeply personal and can vary greatly from one individual to the next—it’s not one-size-fits-all. It’s about the relationship we develop with the divine, and how that relationship propels us to act in our lives.

Many of us wonder how we can serve God, especially if we feel that our abilities are too ordinary or not particularly grand. Each of us has a unique role to play, and serving God can come in many forms, from the daily acts of kindness to dedicated worship and teaching others.

We realize that in the seemingly mundane, we can find profound ways to demonstrate our devotion and commitment.

Key Takeaways

  • Serving God is a highly personal journey that reflects one’s relationship with the divine.
  • Everyone possesses unique abilities that can be utilized in service to God, regardless of how ordinary they may seem.
  • Daily acts of kindness and dedication in our lives are fundamental ways to serve God.
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How I Learned How I Could Serve God

Since I was a little girl, I’ve been drawn in by those who talk about their faith in front of crowds. My piano teacher, who also was a longtime family friend, took me to her church to watch the pianist, Dino, perform. This was years before his show in Branson.

For over two hours he entertained us with moving selections of both old hymns and contemporary worship music. His performance in the small town Oklahoma Baptist church touched all who came and many new souls were saved through Christ.

At that same church a few years later, I had the opportunity to hear Rick Stanley, Elvis Presley’s step-brother, share his testimony. With his larger than life voice, personal and moving story, and dynamic personality, we hung onto every word. At the end, 100s of people flocked to the front to give their lives to Jesus.

It was beautiful.

At every conference, musicians move others to tears. The speakers touch hearts with inspiring stories of how they overcame the most terrible tragedies one could imagine. All of these people serving God drew people in and brought them to the Lord. I watched them often with a little bit of jealousy. Why couldn’t I do that too?

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My dear friend who I write about in my grief posts was similar to those performers. He had a big, vibrant personality and always greeted everyone with the kind of smile that reached not only his mouth but also his entire face, eyes crinkling with laughter and shining with the love and acceptance that came from his love of Jesus Christ.

People flocked to be around him. They wanted to touch his shoulder or shake his hand. We spent hours listening to him tell stories, some from the Bible and some from daily life as he shared with us how to let Christ lead.

When David died, it took a long time for me to open my heart to God’s grace for my grief. I didn’t understand how that light could die. I write about that moment in my post, The Day I Discovered Christ in Me.

That was the first time I understood that the light that shone in David wasn’t David at all but was instead Christ’s Light and that it also resided within me. I finally got it that all of those ‘performers’ bringing people to Christ were moved by the Holy Spirit and what drew people in was not their own personalities but Christ the Lord shining through them.

The thought of Christ in me filled me so full that my excitement overflowed and bubbled out of me like a fountain. I longed to tell everyone. It’s all I wanted to talk about.

But how could I tell people? I don’t sing well. My personality is not magnetic. I’m just…normal. Even with the love of Christ propelling me forward, I didn’t know how or why anyone would listen. I considered writing about all that happened in my journey through grief and understanding of who Christ is and what He means for me. But I’m not a fancy writer either.

And so I wasn’t sure.

Through prayer, and more prayer, and quiet time, and studying scripture…and then more prayer, God spoke to my spirit and reminded me that whatever my gifts, no matter how small they seemed to me, they were just as dynamic, just as important, just as necessary as anyone else’s.

We forget that don’t we? Have you forgotten it, too?

Friend, God gifted me with the love of words, both spoken and written. And while I’ll not win prizes for how I speak or how I write, that’s okay because my most important goal is to speak and write to women to let them know what I didn’t know for so long, that Christ is for them.

He’s for YOU. He’s in YOU. Recognize Him and accept Him. Oooh, I get excited just thinking about it as I write this paragraph!

What did God gift you with?

Maybe you’re the same as I am. Maybe you love the Lord and want to serve Him but aren’t sure how. Perhaps you feel unqualified or unworthy to talk to others about Christ and what He’s done in your life.

Believe me, I understand.

But let me help you with this. You are enough. God has given you your own unique gifts so that you can glorify Him. You might be patient and kind. Or maybe you’re a compassionate teacher, guiding others to learning new skills and inspiring their confidence.

Words don’t have to be written beautifully to share the message of Christ. Speeches don’t have to be dynamic to tell people what Christ has done for you and what He will do for them when they accept Him. Songs don’t need to win Grammys in order to move people and motivate them to search for God.

Through our good work and as the body of Christ, we can serve God in our everyday life. There are so many unique ways that we as human beings can be servants of God. One great way is to be involved in Bible study either through Christian organizations or on our own. God’s call is for us to be in His Word and through that we can better understand the Grace of God.

While we know through scripture that we need both faith and words, the good deeds we do as the work of the Lord makes an astounding impact on God’s Kingdom.

If you feel unqualified to serve, try these ideas out and see what works for you:

  • Read Scripture to those in hospitals or nursing homes
  • Deliver meals to a shut-in
  • Help pack backpacks with food for school kids to have on the weekends
  • Talk to all others with kindness and grace
  • Volunteer at the food pantry or soup kitchen
  • Share your testimony with small groups of people in your church (Think you don’t have a testimony? You do! Why do you love the Lord? How did you come to Christ? That’s your story!)
  • Visit a patient on Hospice
  • Bake cookies for someone lonely

Understanding Devotion

In our journey to serve God, grasping the essence of devotion is vital. We must recognize that regardless of the gifts we possess, whether they seem simple or mundane, our devotion is valuable and deeply appreciated by God.

Defining Devotion

Devotion is our steadfast love and loyalty to God, and it stands as the cornerstone of our relationship with Him. It’s not measured by the grandness of our actions but by the depth of our love and the consistency of our walk with Him. We express devotion not just in monumental moments, but in our daily choices and practices that honor His presence in our lives.

The Role of Faith

Faith is the foundation upon which devotion builds. It illuminates our path and provides the strength we need to persist. Faith isn’t just believing in God’s existence; it’s trusting in His divine plan for us.

Even when our own understanding is limited, faith teaches us to lean on His wisdom and guidance. Through your local church you will find opportunities to be the Lord’s servant and to do great things. If you aren’t active in church (try to find one), you can still spread the good news of Christ Jesus through a dedicated Christian life.

The world today needs us to do the work of God for the benefit of others. There are different ways to share the love of God, so if you aren’t currently going to church, please know that you can still be a faithful servant.

Components of Faith:

  • Trust: Placing our lives in God’s hands, confident of His loving care.
  • Belief: Accepting the truths of God’s Word and promises.
  • Action: Living out our faith through acts of service, small and large.

Commitment and Intention

Our devotion to God is reflected in our commitment and the intentions behind our actions. Commitment means we are willing to make sacrifices, to prioritize our relationship with God, and to serve Him wholeheartedly. Our intentions, when pure, align with God’s will and shine forth in the authenticity of our every deed.

Key aspects of our commitment:

  • Consistency: Regular engagement in prayer, worship, and reading the Word of God.
  • Service: Offering our time, talents, and resources to God’s work, be it within our homes, workplaces, or communities.
  • Perseverance: Remaining steadfast in our devotion despite challenges and distractions.

Every act of service, no matter how small it seems, is a precious offering when it stems from a heart full of devotion.

Practical Steps to Worship

In our journey of faith, practical steps help us honor and serve God in meaningful ways. By integrating simple actions into our daily lives, we build a stronger spiritual connection.

Engaging in Prayer

Daily Dialogue: We set aside dedicated moments for prayer to have an ongoing conversation with God. It’s like catching up with a dear friend; we share our joys, concerns, and gratitude. Morning prayers or evening reflections are excellent practices to keep this dialogue alive.

Acts of Service

Kindness in Action: Serving God often translates into acts of kindness toward others. Whether it’s volunteering at local shelters or helping a neighbor, these acts of service are a tangible way to worship and reflect God’s love.

Fostering Community

Building Bonds: We thrive by nurturing communities where everyone supports one another. This can be as simple as organizing group activities, or participating in church events. These gatherings strengthen our collective faith.

Reading and Contemplation

Learning and Reflection: We dive into spiritual texts that offer insights and guidance. Setting aside time for reading and contemplation grounds us in our beliefs and values, enriching our understanding and our relationship with God.

Somehow, even though we read about spiritual gifts and identify our own, something gets lost in the implementation. We might say we understand that we have a gift but something deep inside holds us back from living it. That fear blocks us from serving God. We think that because any gift we might have isn’t glamorous that we aren’t fit to serve Him. That’s simply not true.

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Consider the ideas I’ve shared. Think of more. No matter what you’re good at, you can use that gift to serve God.

Amen.

Frequently Asked Questions

In our effort to serve God, we often encounter common questions that help deepen our understanding and guide our actions. Let us explore these inquiries together, seeking clarity on how we can honor God in all we do.

What are the biblical principles for serving God effectively?

To serve God effectively, we must embrace humility and obedience. We can look to Jesus as our ultimate example, serving with a mindset of putting others first and seeking to do God’s will above our own. Scriptures such as Matthew 20:26-28 guide us in adopting a servant’s heart.

In what ways can one demonstrate faithfulness in serving God?

Demonstrating faithfulness to God involves consistent prayer, studying His word, and living out His commandments each day. It’s also about being reliable in the responsibilities He’s given us, whether they’re seen as small or large.

What are some daily practices to serve God in our everyday lives?

Practical daily practices to serve God include starting the day with prayer, seeking ways to show kindness, sharing our faith with others, and using our individual talents in ways that honor Him. Our everyday actions can reflect our dedication to serving God.

How can everyone live out their faith through service to God?

People can live out their faith through various forms of service, such as mentoring others, volunteering within their church and community, and by fostering nurturing homes that honor God’s principles.

From a biblical perspective, why is it important to serve God with all our heart?

Serving God with all our heart is significant because it demonstrates our love, gratitude, and reverence for Him. It aligns our whole being with His purpose and will, as He values a sincere heart that seeks His glory above all else.

What does it mean to truly commit one’s life to God’s service?

Committing one’s life to God’s service means placing His desires above our own and making a conscious decision to follow Him in every aspect of life. It’s an ongoing commitment that shapes our choices and our direction, striving to reflect God’s love and grace to those around us.

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9 Comments

  1. I love this! It is so true that God has each given us unique gifts and ways to serve others! Thanks for sharing with #BVN!

  2. I enjoyed reading about your experiences and the lessons you’ve learned about how you can share the Good News. The tips you’ve provided here are great!

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