“No-Name”; Abraham’s Servant

The Bible is full of wonderful stories about how God worked through certain individuals  to insure that His master plan for humanity would continue along the path that He had established in eternity past. A great many of those people are spelled out by name and those names had significant meaning in Biblical days. However, in quite a few instances He used certain folks that seemed to be rather insignificant in the great scheme of things but actually played a major role in keeping things moving in the direction that He desired. And I am convinced that He is still using people today to further that plan and will ultimately bring it to an end at some point in eternity future. Some are well-known in different circles but I would say the majority of them are unknown to us by name. The focus of this “No-Name” series will be on a number of those Biblical characters that filled the role God had for them but we were never given their name. And this evening we will start with our first one, Abraham’s Servant.

Most of the us are familiar with the story of Abraham and how he was selected by God to become the father of a great nation. The Bible says that Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness. In other words, his faith and trust was in God. We remember how He promised Abraham and Sarah in their old age that they would have a son and how Sarah laughed to herself. After Isaac was born and grew into a young man Abraham obeyed God by being willing to offer his son on the sacrificial altar at God’s direction. We know God stayed his hand and made a covenant with him that his offspring would be as the sands of the sea and the stars in the sky. Many other stories could be recounted about Abraham but our story is not about him.

After Sarah died and Abraham was nearing the time of his final days on earth he decided it was time to find a wife for Isaac. It was imperative that she be a young woman from his relatives in the land he left and not from Canaan where he lived. However, at his age he was unable to travel so he decided to use someone he fully trusted and this was his head servant who was responsible for all of his affairs. So Abraham called his servant to him and had him swear an oath that he would go to Abraham’s homeland and search for a wife for Isaac but never to take Isaac back there. This is where our story begins.

Abraham’s servant (No-Name) did indeed swear the oath as requested by Abraham then immediately made the necessary preparations for his journey and set out for the land of Abraham’s family. He took with him ten camels and numerous other goods that could be offered as gifts in return for hospitality shown. When he arrived at his destination he stopped near  a well that was used by the local women to draw water. It was near the late evening time and he knew the women would be arriving very soon. After having the camels kneel down there he lifted up a prayer to God asking for a confirmation sign for the woman who God had set aside to be Isaac’s wife. His request was that when he asked for a small drink of water the young woman would give him water to drink and then water his camels also. Before he finished his prayer, Rebekah showed up with her water jar on her shoulder. The Bible tells us that she was the daughter of Betheul who was the son of Milcah who was the wife of Nahor who was Abraham’s brother. If I read this right, she would have been Abraham’s brother’s granddaughter. She was Abraham’s grand niece. Looks to me like she would certainly be a relative.

To continue with the story we see that Rebekah did exactly what No-Name had requested in his prayer. She gave him water and then watered his camels. In other words, God had answered his prayer. No-Name then gave to Rebekah a gold ring and two bracelets and asked her if there was room at her father’s house for he and his party to lodge. And she answered in the affirmative. No-Name then again prayed to God with thankfulness in his heart that God had dealt with him in loving kindness and Had granted his request. If we read the remainder of the story in Genesis 24 we will find that Rebekah agrees to return to the land of Canaan with No-Name and when Isaac went to meditate in the fields he saw the camels in the distance and then meets Rebekah. Isaac takes Rebekah back to his mother’s tent and there she becomes his wife.

There are a lot more details in the story that I have not covered but the paraphrase version is a good account of what happened. So what is so important about the involvement of Abraham’s servant? Well, let’s first take a look at what kind of man he was. First of all we see that he was the oldest of the servants. Obviously he was well-respected by Abraham and was very loyal to his master. He apparently was a believer in Jehovah God and he was a praying man. He was an obedient man and He was a kind man. But his name has not been mentioned so what is the big deal?

Here it is. God had No-Name in the right place at the right time to play a major role in the fulfilment of His covenant with Abraham. And at the same time to fulfill the prophesy of the coming of the Messiah out of this great nation. The very One that would become the final sacrifice for the sins of the people and for all those who accept Him. No-Name helped make this possible by bringing a wife to Isaac who would later become the mother of Jacob who would later be renamed to Israel who would later be the father of twelve sons that would become the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel from which the Messiah would come. The covenant and prophesy would be fulfilled because No-Name was an obedient servant.

I wonder how many No-Names are out there today?

Happy New Year, 2018

Good evening everyone. I hope each of you had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed the time with family and friends. What a wonderful time of the year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior and truly understand why He came to earth. Where would we be without His birth followed closely by His sacrificial death on the cross and ultimately His glorious resurrection? All of this in order to bring to completion God’s marvelous plan for our redemption. Thank you Jesus!

Next week I hope to start a new series which I will simply call “No-Names.” The series will be a focus on a number of people in the Bible that God used in different ways but never revealed the persons by name. That’s why I call them the no-names and I think it will be quite interesting to see how everyday people are certainly included in God’s plan. And it is important to note that it didn’t end with the characters in God’s Word but continues with ordinary people today. So hold on to your seats. It’s going to be a wild ride.

I want to wish each of you a prosperous and Happy New Year. It is my prayer that each one of us experience great spiritual growth and a much closer walk with our Lord. This is what I believe is real prosperity. It is truly more rewarding than material or financial increase although those are important. However, we should use our increase to minister to others and further God’s kingdom. To God be the glory for the things He has done!

May God richly bless you during the remainder of this holiday season.

Christmas, 2017

Good evening everyone. Tonight’s post will be rather limited in content. The rush of the holiday season has finally caught up with me so I’ve decided to do a short post tonight and next week also. We will begin another series the first Saturday of the new year which I believe you will really enjoy. I don’t want to announce the subject just yet but I know you will find it an interesting perspective to the information that I will share. I’m excited about it but still have some research and study to do.

As we all enjoy the festivities of this time of year, I just want us to be reminded of why we celebrate. Let’s remember that God in His infinite wisdom and because of His unconditional love for us sent His Son in His perfect timing to this earth and He became God incarnate. His name was Jesus and as the prophets of old stated, He would be God with us and save His people from their sin. And remember. This was all His plan from the beginning (whenever that was in eternity past) so that man could be reconciled to Him.

What a wonderful story the Christmas story is but keep in mind it does not end with the birth of Jesus. Jesus grew into a man under the care of His mother and the instruction of His earthly father. But more than that, under the leadership of and obedience to God the Father. Then at the appointed time, and after a short earthly ministry, He made His way to the cross where He would be crucified and become sin for us so that we could receive His righteousness. He was then buried in a borrowed tomb but after three days He rose again just as was prophesied not only by the prophets of old, but by Jesus Himself. The final sacrifice had been made because finally God was able to accept a perfect Lamb that He Himself provided. Sin and death had been conquered for all time. That’s the real and complete story. That’s the gospel folks. Don’t listen to what anyone else calls the gospel. This is straight from God’s Word and that’s all we need to know. Man’s knowledge and opinion plays no part whatsoever!

All that remains then, is what have we done with Jesus. Have we accepted or rejected the gift of salvation that He so freely offers? Have we turned to Him by faith and in a spirit of repentance and put our total trust in what He did? God’s grace has made it all possible. Thank you Father! Thank you Jesus! And thank you Holy Spirit for your continued presence in the life of those of us who have placed our faith and trust in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

May God bless each of you and your families during this wonderful season. Merry Christmas!


Meeting Spiritual Needs

This evening we are coming to the close of the series we started back in August about how we should have a lifestyle of service and ministry to others. We looked at some of the tools available to us that we can use to help us perform the task of serving . In addition, we discussed the seven motivational spiritual gifts that God has given to us in varying degrees and how they play a major role in our endeavors. Then we looked at the ways that we can meet certain needs of those around us that included bearing another’s burdens and using intercessory prayer on their behalf. Lastly we have looked at the various type of needs that are out there which to this point has included physical and emotional needs. As we close the series tonight, we will end with how we recognize and meet spiritual needs that others may have. Again, we will see how the tools we have available and the spiritual gifts each us have equips us to do the work God has called us to do.

Obviously, the number one spiritual need of any person is salvation. The Bible tells us that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. In addition, the result of that is the understanding that we have earned spiritual death, i.e eternal separation from Holy God. But He has provided a solution to our dilemma in the form of gift which is eternal salvation. The condition is that we must believe that what He did at the cross paid our sin debt in full and in faith and repentance turn from our ways and begin a new journey with Him. For those we know that are lost, we can help meet their spiritual needs by sharing the good news of the gospel with them. Your verbal witness does not have to include all of the right biblical words, it just needs to be the story of what has happened to you.

Another spiritual need we all have is the need to grow in our walk with Him. If we are to help someone else grow spiritually, we must first be growing ourselves. I believe this starts with a hunger for His Word and the desire to talk with Him on a regular basis. As we grow we become better equipped to come along side someone else and help them do the same. This is where the motivational gifts of prophecy, teaching, and even leadership have a real impact on our success. Of course, we can only help those who have recognized the need to grow spiritually and are willing to study Gods’ Word, develop a regular prayer life and at the same time be teachable when around those who are more spiritually mature. Therefore, we need to do our part by seeing to it that we are growing and then offer our help to others that desire to do the same.

There are other spiritual needs that exist which are usually the result of complacency or indifference, bitterness, loneliness, and even unconfessed sin. These needs are wrapped up in one thing. The loss of proper fellowship with the Lord. When are fellowship with Him is diminished our relationship with those around us certainly suffers. They will have a hard time seeing Jesus in us and therefore lose their motivation to grow. We must be diligent in our efforts to keep this from happening. If we can’t help meet the spiritual needs of others, our attempts at meeting the physical needs and emotional needs of someone else are certainly not as effective as they should be. Our prayer should be that we are prayed up and studied up so that when the opportunity arises for us to help someone else we are well prepared to meet whatever need that exists.

I hope everyone has got something out of this series on service. I can tell you that it has made a difference in how I think and act when it comes to serving others. And I pray that He will continue to teach me each day how to better recognize and then help meet the needs of those I come in contact with. And that He receives all the glory and honor.



Meeting Emotional Needs

Last week we spent a great deal of time talking about how we can serve others by helping to meet their physical needs. And in some of the previous posts, we took a look at the various motivational gifts that God gives to us as believers and how they are so very instrumental in our efforts of service. As a matter of fact, the gift of giving and the gift of serving are the two most used gifts when meeting physical needs. Although any of us can contribute to meeting physical needs, those with the gift of serving or giving are quite adept at this because they seemed to be more aware of the needs than those of us who don’t have either of these gifts. The physical needs of others certainly lends us the opportunity to serve but there are other needs people have that sometimes offer us the same opportunity as well. So let’s take a look at another type of needs and how we can be a part of meeting those needs too.

In addition to physical needs, many people around us have emotional needs that may be hard for us to recognize. But they are just as real and often times much more difficult to assess and address. However, people with emotional needs tend to keep them close at hand and are not willing to share them openly with someone else. A lot of times, we assume that a person’s  attitude and even personality are just them being themselves’ and don’t realize they may really be a cry for help. And on our part, we are hesitant to become involved with someone who has these types of needs. First of all, we may not understand why the need is there and we don’t want to be butting into someone’s business. Helping someone who has an emotional need is a difficult task and most of us shy away from it.

Emotional needs can be embedded in bitterness, negativity, jealousy, complacency, anger, etc. and we easily pass it off as personality. But if we listen carefully, we may be able to pick up on a cause for the attitude and then be in a position to help when the opportunity arises. This is where certain other motivational spiritual gifts may come into play and be used to serve others by helping to meet emotional needs. The gift of exhortation and the gift of mercy are especially useful in these situations. People with these gifts must really understand how and when to use them. We certainly should not be involved in a situation where we are not wanted but when a person with an emotional need asks for our help we should ready and willing. A word of caution here, though. We should avoid any situation where helping to meet an emotional need may lead to a temptation or inappropriate relationship. In particular, where a man or woman is trying to help someone of the opposite sex deal with a divorce or infidelity. Obviously this could easily result in inappropriate behavior on the part of both people and makes matters worse instead of better.

I believe emotional needs are the hardest to deal with by the person with the need and anyone who is trying to help meet the need. It is risky business to be involved and should be approached with caution. However, to serve others by meeting emotional needs can be rewarding and may even be a turning point in someone’s life. Any efforts in this needs area should be bathed in prayer and should not be rushed. And should always be with the approval of the one who has the need. I have the utmost respect for those who can truly help someone else in this area but also realize that sometimes it should be left to someone who has had special training. In either case, the goal is that God gets all of the glory for any successful results.

Next week, we will discuss how we can help meet someone’s spiritual needs.


Meeting Physical Needs

We have just celebrated the holiday we know as Thanksgiving and a time to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for. God has blessed most of us beyond measure and we seldom take the time to thank Him like we should. I’m as guilty as the next person and, when it is brought to my attention, I feel so ashamed because there are so many others out there that are not as fortunate as I am. They have basic physical needs that are not met yet mine are and I take them for granted.

When I look at the life of Jesus during His ministry on earth, I suddenly realize that He was constantly meeting the physical needs of those He came face to face with. Just as we expect, He set the example for us. In all of the miracles He performed this became so evident. He helped make a wedding successful by turning water into wine. He fed thousands when they had no food for themselves. He healed the lame who were helpless and He gave sight to some that had never seen the light of day. He calmed the sea and relieved the fears of his disciples. Our physical needs are important to Him and He often fills those needs more than we deserve. And it follows that we should also be with those around us who have needs we can meet out of the measure of the blessings He has bestowed on us. This is what I call serving others through meeting physical needs. So let’s take a look at some of the ways we can do just that.

Let’s begin by considering different types of situations that other people may be in that could result in physical needs on their part. We are aware that there are homeless in our area. We certainly know that there are folks without food, especially children, and others without the clothes needed to keep them warm. There are elderly folks who are lonely because it appears that their family has abandoned them. There are widows who need repairs done on their homes or their lawns mowed. And of course there are children who have lost their parents and need someone to take them in as their own. Wow! There sure are a lot of needs out there. But this also makes for many opportunities to serve.

We are all aware that there are many secular organizations that attempt to meet the needs we just mentioned. And they certainly do a great job in doing so. However, they can’t operate without funding sources whether from private donations or from governmental assistance. And they also need a large group of volunteers. These groups are necessary to help relieve some of the suffering in our society and especially during times of natural disaster. However, when I speak of serving others I am referring to a lifestyle of giving ourself to putting the needs of someone else ahead of our own. This is true service and often requires sacrifice on our parts. And I am speaking more specifically about those who are our brothers and sisters in Christ because they are truly our family.

A large part of our series on serving others has dealt with the motivational gifts that each of us have. And the fact is, when we recognize a situation where a fellow believer has physical needs to be met, we have the opportunity to use those gifts as God intended. The problem is that often times we are not aware of the needs. This may be because we either are not as involved in our church family as we should be or we are not made aware of the situation by our leaders. The point is that the first step in serving others by meeting physical needs requires that we be able to recognize that the needs exist. We need to discipline ourselves to pay attention to those around us and learn how to tell when there is a need to be met. Then we should be prepared to act to meet the need if our motivational gift and our means are what the situation calls for.

God has given all of us a least one spiritual gift and in most cases more than one. We are to be reminded that He desires and expects us to use them to minister to others. And one of the ways we do that is by meeting physical needs of those around us. Recognize and react. And He will get all the glory!

The Power of Intercessory Prayer

One of the greatest rewards for living a life of service to others is the personal satisfaction that we have been faithful to do what the Lord has taught us to do through His example and by His words.This is especially evidenced when we apply what we learned last week with regards to bearing one another’s burdens. God has so designed His plan for our lives that our obedience always brings with it blessings. He knows that many of our own spiritual and emotional needs can be met by simply doing what He has commanded. And bearing one another’s burdens certainly helps fulfill those needs.

Last week we spent some time on the how’s of bearing one another’s burdens and discovered that we must remain humble as we do so, be gentle when restoration is needed, and that we are to bear the burden as long as it takes. Now let’s begin to look at some of the way’s we put all of this into practice.

One of the first ways that comes to mind is intercessory prayer. This is likely the best tool we have to help accomplish the task but often times is the one least used. I think we don’t really understand how powerful it can be and therefore fail to apply it with a real anticipation of success. In order for prayer to be the most effective, we must realize that there are some requirements on our part that Jesus emphasized in His model prayer he gave His disciples and thus us. As He instructed us to include the request for forgiveness of our debts or trespasses, He added the condition “as we forgive our debtors” or “those who trespass against us”. These are not mere words. They mean that he forgives us with the same measure as we forgive others. In other words, for us to have the right relationship with Him we must first have the right relationship with others. I believe this stands in way many times of our prayers being as effective as they could be. But once we can reach the point of true forgiveness of others, the door is opened for great things to occur.

I have known a number of true prayer warriors during my lifetime and my dad and my grandmother top the list. Along with the others I have known, I would rather have them interceding for me or my family than anybody else I know. I am convinced that they knew the “secret” of powerful prayer and that God honored their requests on many occasions. As a matter of fact, I am an example of many of those prayers that were answered. Their burden for me and my lost condition helped bring me to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord. So, from my own experience, I know the power of intercessory prayer to help bear another’s burden. I only wish that I could say I really use it like I should. I pray that someday I will!

Next week we will continue along this same line of thought. We will look at some more ways to help bear one another’s burdens in our life of service to others. But until then, I plan to work on my own intercessory prayer life. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if all of us had the prayer life He wants and expects us to have? May it be so! 


Serving by Burden Bearing

Have you ever had a situation in your life that weighed you down to the point that you felt like you could bear it no longer? Did you feel like you were all alone and that no one else understood how you were feeling? If only the weight could be lifted then maybe everything could return to normal. Have you been there?

I believe every one of us have been down that road some time in our past or may even be on that road right now. This burdensome journey comes in many forms and can be a result of circumstances beyond our control, undeserved persecution by someone else or even by our own actions and the choices we make. Whatever the case, the burden is heavy and, whether we will admit it or not, we need someone to come along beside us and help us bear the load. This is one of the most fundamental aspects of serving others for all believers. And all believers can participate.

So let’s begin this part of our study with a basic definition of a burden. A burden can be anything that oppresses the spiritual development of a believer. It is something that makes an overwhelming demand on our lives and brings with it sorrow and grief. Many times it is a result of a particular sin that we just can’t seem to overcome and it begins to have power over us. In one of Paul’s letter to the churches he writes in Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ”. This verse immediately follows his admonition that if a believer is caught (trapped) in any trespass, those believers who are spiritual (under the control of the Holy Spirit) are to restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, and take a close look at themselves, lest they also be tempted.

As we stated earlier, burdens can come in many forms but we will only mention a few. Some burdens are spiritual as we just witnessed in the paragraph above. Yielding to our desires and the subsequent sin activity are certainly the worst burdens we can carry. Emotional burdens come when we are the victims of sin, not the perpetrator of sin. We may experience mistreatment or neglect, we may be overcome by fear or even grief. These type of burdens are overwhelming. Physical burdens may be caused by illness or accident, some kind of impairment or just advancing age. Financial burdens can be brought on by a layoff, a medical emergency, a poor investment strategy and a multitude of other reasons. Whatever the form or shape, we need to remember that a burden is anything that oppresses the spiritual development of a believer and we all need a burden bearer at times. As a matter of fact, the greatest burden bearer of all time was Jesus Himself because he bore the burden of our sin on the cross. Thank you Lord!

Let’s now take a close look at the how’s of bearing another’s burdens. Frist of all, we must be humble. Galatians 5:26 states “Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” and then in Galatians 6:3 “For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself”. In other words we should be humble as we help bear another’s burden. Secondly we are to be gentle in our attempts to restore a brother. This is especially true when the burden is a result of sin. And finally, we are to bear the burden as long as it takes. Verse 2 really means to carry and keep on carrying the burden. We should be reminded that ir is to bring healing not punishment to the other.

In closing we should look at the last part of verse 2 that says “and thereby fulfill the law of Christ”. The question then is “What is the law of Christ”? The very important answer to that question comes in the form of a command from Jesus Himself. In John 13:34 Jesus says “A new command I give you, love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another“. Wow! Jesus gave us the ultimate model of how to bear each other’s burdens by what He did at Calvary. And it was simply because He loved us so much! He bore it all. So what excuse do we have?

Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ”.



The How’s of Serving Others

Well, we’ve come a long ways since we started the series on serving others from back in early August. We opened with a short preview of service and made some observations that would set the tone for the study. We made the comment that our focus would be on one main point and I think it is worth repeating at this time. So here it is.

Our endeavors in serving others is based on the best example of service that we have in God’s word. When we study the short ministry of Jesus while He was here on earth as God Incarnate, we see that everything He did in the way of service was with others in mind. We understand that He came to die for us but at the same time He showed us how we should have a heart of servant-hood towards others. The point is that before we look at ways to serve, we need to keep in mind that it is not about us. First and foremost it is about Him and the fact that He is to receive all the glory. Then it is all about others. And I repeat, it is not about us. The sooner we recognize that the better we can serve Him through serving others.

Once this was established we looked at a few tools God has given us to prepare us for our journey of service. The three main tools we have are prayer, bible study, and worship. Certainly, these tools equip us for many other things but service to others is near the top of the list. We then looked at the seven motivational gifts that He gives His children to actually perform the task. They included the gifts of prophecy, serving, teaching exhortation, giving, leadership, and mercy. We described these in some depth with the purpose of helping each of us to determine which gift(s) we have so that we can use them as He intended in the service to the church body. And even more than that, for His glory.

I believe we are now ready to start putting all of these things together so we can begin to do His will in the work of service to others. Over the next few weeks I hope to show how we can get to the point where the rubber meets the road and put what we have learned into action. It will be my attempt at describing some of the various ways we can do just that and my intent will be to make sure it is based on God’s Word. So next week we will start with the subject of “bearing one another’s burdens” which is a basic fundamental in serving others.

Until next week may God richly bless you and your family. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away so remember:

“What if you woke up today with only those things you thanked God for yesterday?”



Service – “The Gift of Mercy”

For the last six weeks we have been looking at the seven motivational gifts as shown in our list below:

  • Prophecy
  • Serving
  • Teaching
  • Exhortation
  • Giving
  • Leadership
  • Mercy ***

We will finish the discussion of these gifts tonight with a focus on the last one in our list, the spiritual gift of mercy. This gift is one of those much like serving and exhortation that is directed toward individuals who are experiencing certain difficulties. It has been given to those who have an ability to sense hurt in someone else’s life and respond to it with love and understanding. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the general characteristics that are typically exhibited by those who have the motivational gift of mercy.

A mercy-giver’s basic motivational drive is to sense and respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of others. They are kind and gentle. They sense and reflect the spiritual and emotional atmosphere around them. They are more likely to sense how others are feeling than those with the other motivational gifts. They need to be needed so they reach out and get involved with others which helps them to keep from focusing on their own hurts and fears. They see spirituality as an emotional confirmation of the presence of God in their life. They are drawn to other sensitive people and usually are the prayer warriors in the Church because they feel very strongly that they must pray.

The strengths of those with the gift of mercy are numerous and begins with their God-given ability to sense a person’s spirit or the atmosphere among a group of people. Their strengths also include:

  • They recognize the feelings that may be at work in others’ minds and hearts.
  • They are equipped to reach out to people who are suffering but may likely be reluctant to tell others about their need.
  • They are attracted to people who are in distress which leads to a love for those of whom most of us shy away from.
  • Mercy-givers love the unlovable, such as the handicapped, the elderly, the seriously ill, the wounded in spirit, the outcast, the out of fellowship, and the rebellious.
  • They do not take sin lightly whether their own or someone else’s.
  • They embrace humility, because of their sensitive spirits and awareness of their own weaknesses and failures.

The mercy-giver also has a few weaknesses we need to consider because they can diminish the effectiveness of the gift if they are not recognized. Some of these are as follows:

  • They can be indecisive and be tossed to and fro by their emotions.
  • They sometimes allow others to become dependent on them instead of God.
  • They often become rescuers of those who do not need to be rescued.
  • Because of their warmth, they must learn to temper their demonstrations of affection so that they do not become falsely interpreted.
  • They are quick to take up others’ offenses but strive to avoid conflict of any kind.
  • They tend to be introspective which makes it easy for them to become overly sensitive to their own hurts that may lead to the development of a poor self-image.

Now that we have covered all seven motivational gifts we should have a good understanding of how they work together for the edification of the Church as they are exercised by the individual believers. I’m so thankful that God loves His children so much that he gave these gifts to people in order that they can serve people and that those who are served can use their gifts to serve more people. Wouldn’t it be something if the world we live in today and our society knew how to use their talents to do the same for others instead of taking from them. I hope each of us has taken the opportunity during this study to recognize the gift(s) that God has given us and then resolved to use them as intended to serve others so that His Church will be edified and bring glory to Him. I know it has certainly made me more aware of my own gifts and even the gifts of others.

Next week we will begin to look at some specific ways we can put into action all we have learned so that we can serve others as God has so instructed us to do. I know it will results in blessing for them and for us! 

For the record, I want to give credit where credit is due. The majority of the information in this series on the motivational gifts came from the website of The Institute of Basic Life Principles and an article entitled “Motivational Gifts in a Nutshell”. The article was written in response to the life question of “What are the seven motivational gifts?” The article can be found at the following link: https://iblp.org/questions/what-are-seven-motivational-gifts

Have a great Lord’s Day tomorrow and a wonderful week to follow. Remember to set your clocks back tonight as it is again time to do so. May God bless each of you.


“What if you woke up today with only those things you thanked God for yesterday?”