Yesterday, at our Women’s Bible Study, my topic was “Called to New Life”. We discussed what our response to salvation should be. With regards to this, we also talked about operating in the body of Christ and recognizing what our spiritual gifts are and how important it is to encourage other believers to do the same. Though I am not going into depth in this post about spiritual gifts (or gifts of the Holy Spirit), I will post a link about them here https://www.trusting-in-jesus.com/Nine-Gifts.html.
1 Peter 1: 13-16 tells us how we should respond to our salvation:
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
In all things, the most important thing is to be a light and not a stumbling block to another congregate. We should move as the Spirit leads us and not how we feel. Honestly, when we are being led by the Spirit, as a body, we will do more good than harm.
What we also will be doing is leading and pointing the way to Christ. He is what every church should be about. Church is the people (saved), not the building, and this is why we can’t stay in our feelings about how we want things to be done. In our own unique gifts and as a collective body, we have to be focused on ministering to God’s sheep.
Jesus tells us how the church should operate. It is our faith and the profession of our faith that will allow us to stand and be effective for Christ https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Matthew%2016:15%E2%80%9318! As long as we profess Christ to the world, we are standing on a firm foundation:
“But my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38
In all things, we also want to be a light to the world. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Whatever the Spirit moves us to do, that is what action we should take. Never to be seen or heard, but to give God the glory and to move the Gospel forward https://biblehub.com/matthew/6-1.htm. Let all that we do, as believers, magnify God. When we let the Spirit lead us, this will surely take place!
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.”1 John 1:1-3