AMPLIFY: Spiritual Gifts

Lesson 32: The Gift Giver

 

Lesson 32, Devotion 1

            
Read this quote:
“You must be the change want to see in the world.”- Gandhi

 

Answer this question either in a journal or a note-taking app:

 

“What changes need to be made in the world around me? Now, which ones are ones that God can work through me to make?”

 

If you’re having trouble answering it, think of the people in your life who are hurting. Or think of a problem that needs solving that no one is doing anything about. Or think about a particular cause you’re passionate about. These are all ways God might be trying to show you places where change needs to be made.

 

Now, the goal is to take a couple of days and think about how you can answer this next question:

  • “How can God use me to be a part of making a change?”

 

 

Lesson 32, Devotion 2

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” - Ephesians 4:11-12

 

Have you ever been on a team when there was that one person who didn't do their part? Didn't that person make you mad? For a team to accomplish its goals, all team members need to be involved and do their part.

 

Read Ephesians 4:11-12.

 

These verses speak of the team that God has recruited us for. He's not only put us on the team, But He's also given us skills to help make it awesome. The work of ministry – advancing God's Kingdom in the world – is something that all Christ-followers are supposed to be involved in. In Ephesians, Paul explains that some people are called to coach the team. But the team does not only include these people. It includes every one of us. Including you!

 

You don’t want to be that person that lets the team down. God has gifted you and empowered you to be a valuable player on His team, involved in serving His Church and growing His kingdom.

 

Think about this:

  • How would you describe the role you’re playing on the team right now?

  • What changes in your heart and attitude need to be made to contribute more to the team?

 

 

Lesson 32, Devotion 3

In Jesus’ last words to His disciples, He called them to “Go” (Matthew 28:18) and be about His work in the world. Jesus knew that His followers would have busy lives and schedules, yet He did not command them to back down on their activities. He wanted them to use their “going” as a time to look for ways to be about His Kingdom work.

 

Spend a few moments thinking about several people that you know you’ll run into today that God may be calling you to encourage.

 

Who is a friend who doesn’t have a relationship with God who needs to see the love of God working in and through you?

 

Who is one adult you can encourage through kindness and respect today?

 

Is there an acquaintance (not necessarily a “friend, but just someone you kind of know) that God has put on your heart?