AMPLIFY: Spiritual Gifts
Lesson 33: Equipped to Serve
Lesson 33, Devotion 1
Do you ever feel like your prayers are kind of separated from who God really is? In other words, do you feel like you’re not able to connect personally with God in prayer? It’s OK if you feel this way. It’s pretty common, actually. But let’s look at something that might help you out a little.
Read Matthew 3:17. Here God calls Jesus His “beloved Son.” This is important because it sets up this next idea. Jesus was God’s Son. And because of what Jesus did for you on the cross, you’re now an adopted child of God. The Apostle Paul liked to refer to us as co-heirs (i.e., brothers and sisters of Jesus) with Christ. Whoa!
Now read Galatians 4:6. (Go ahead. Do it.) Here we see Paul talking about the Holy Spirit crying out to God through our prayers. What does He cry out on our behalf? “Abba, Father.” Why is this important? Because Abba is a Greek word that is a cross between a reverent and a loving way of referring to a Father. So, it’s not exactly like calling God “Pops,” or “Dad,” or anything flippant like that. But it IS similar to being able to call God, “Daddy.” So, yeah. Let that rock your world for a bit.
Because of the work of Jesus did on the cross, and the work of the Holy Spirit within you, you have been given the privilege and the right to approach God in prayer as if you were His beloved child. Because guess what? You ARE!
So next time your prayers feel like they’re bouncing off the ceiling, imagine that you’re a little kid crawling up into the lap of your heavenly Father, a father who loves you with a love you can’t begin to describe or explain. Talk to Him as Daddy. See what a difference it makes.
Lesson 33, Devotion 2
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” - John 14:26
When was the last time you went to someone for guidance in making a decision? Maybe it was as simple as deciding where to eat for lunch. Or maybe it was as complex as where to go to college. Either way, we all have people in our lives we go to for advice. If we’re a Christ-follower, we have access to One whose guidance is perfectly perfect. And yet, how often do we rely on Him?
Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as a “Counselor.” A counselor is someone who gives guidance or advice. Now, the Holy Spirit is probably the wrong choice to ask about lunch plans. But, for guidance in all matters spiritual, the Holy Spirit is your go-to source for solid guidance.
Think about the gifts you’ve been given by the Spirit. Think about your passions and your talents. Now, spend a few moments reflecting on how you can begin to use those talents to serve your church.
And here’s a fun thought: Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you think about how to serve God best.
Lesson 33, Devotion 3
“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 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” - Ephesians 4:11-13
The passage listed above is one of the passages you studied this week in Bible study. In it, you saw that your spiritual gifts are to all work together for unity and to build up the body of Christ.
Take a few minutes today and think about your youth group.
What does it mean to you that you’re expected and designed by God to be a unified group?
What do you think that even means? Unified in what? And what role do your spiritual gifts play in being a unified group?
As yourself what are some ways you show unity?
Then, think of some other areas where your youth group needs to be more unified.
Spend a few minutes praying that God would work to bring unity in those areas that you wrote down. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be working in the hearts of your friends to make a more unified body of Believers a reality.
Just think of what a powerful force for God’s love and goodness you could be if you were more unified!