PC-USA Devotional - 1996-10-31 - Our Part in the Kingdom

I've been reading about the growth of the Kingdom of Heaven recently. God means for all of us to have a part in this. We are to all bear spiritual fruit for this Kingdom.

Mat 21:43 (NIV) "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.

We all have different gifts, but all of them are to be used in bringing people into His kingdom, and / or building up His body, the church. Emphasis mine:

Rom 12:4-6a (NIV) Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.

Some of us are called to be ministers, preaching and shepherding flocks. Some of us are to be pray-ers, interceding often for both the unsaved and those trying to reach them. Others are called to encourage those on the mission fields. Some of us are called to go to other countries and bring people into the Kingdom. Others are called to reach out in the inner cities of the U.S. Regardless of our role, we ALL have a part to play in reaching the lost with the Gospel. All of our roles are crucial. Are you feeling that you are missing something in your life? We won't be truly fulfilled until we are using those gifts God has given us.

Dear Lord, please be with us, and help us discover our gifts. Then guide us to use them where and when you want us to. Use us to reach people for Your kingdom, and to strengthen those already in Your kingdom. In Jesus' name amen.