Bill Campbell

Thoughts of Life and Ministry

THE CALL TO A RESPONSIBLE CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE

I had a pastor friend who was multi-talented. Extremely gifted. Well beyond one of average ability. He could preach powerfully; teach convincingly; sing beautifully; play musical instruments skillfully; and could even function well in planning activities and events. Your initial impression of him would most likely have been in agreement with my impression: this guy is awesome! Overwhelming! Amazing! But with all his great strengths my friend had glaring weaknesses. Seldom would he ever show up on time at an event. Furthermore, when he was scheduled to utilize his talents, he would frequently fail to show his face. His talents and abilities were hindered and overshadowed by his irresponsible lifestyle.  

Let me bring this closer to home. How about you? Are you a responsible individual? One who is reliable? Dependable? One who can be counted on? Do you consistently utilize the strengths you possess? Fulfill your tasks? Your roles?  Your assignments? Or, are you inconsistent with many of the items in your life?

Allow me to move on to a most important area of responsibility. One many Christians overlook. I am referring here to your spiritual abilities or giftedness. Have you identified your abilities? Your gifts? When did this happen? How were you made aware? Are you presently using your strengths as a Christian? If not, you are allowing yourself to become irresponsible in your Christian walk.

Why does this failure with giftedness make you an irresponsible person? It’s because: God has given to you the special gifts you now possess. These abilities define you. Make you who you are. What you are. And they determine how you should serve God and others. When you bury your gifts however, or, you allow them to lay dormant, you live a life that dishonors God. God wants you to utilize responsibly what He has given you. The message is simply: USE YOUR GIFTS!! Use them now! Continue to use them on a regular basis.

Note the teaching of Scripture: “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them … ” (Romans 12:3-6a-New King James Version).

If you are utilizing your God-given gifts in Christian service on a consistent basis, then you are following my fourth picture of a healthy Christian. Conversely, if your gifts have been buried, or, they are lying dormant, you have allowed yourself to become unhealthy through irresponsibility on the Christian journey. 

My challenge to you is this: ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY!!

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October 12, 2010 - Posted by | Christian Life

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