Summary: One of the ways we seek significance is to live for something bigger than ourselves. Last time we discussed the power of God’s grace in the stewardship of using our gifts. We serve out of an overflow of love for others. Today we consider the manifestation of the Spirit through us, as we examine the matter of being opportunistic with our gifts. And for what purpose? To God “belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever!” There is no highest and best purpose for living than that.
1.A. What is every single believer given the moment we are born again? 1 Corinthians 12:7
1.B. How is the “manifestation of the Spirit” meant to be exercised through us? What is the urgency? The motivation? The power and the purpose? 1 Peter 4:7-11
1.C. In these last days, are you moved by fervent love to serve others? Does the gladness of God flow through you like a river in spending your life for Him? Psalm 59:16-17, 63:3-7, John 7:37-39
2.A. On His resolute way to Jerusalem, Jesus taught this parable. What was it? Luke 19:10-28
2.B. Given that the nobleman who receives the kingdom represents none other than Jesus, what do we see regarding His expectations for productivity while He was away? How does He describe the servants who were productive and how did he reward them? Luke 19:15-19
2.C. If we are to be faithful regarding our gift, we are the ones who must “do business with this until I come back.” This kind of aggressive opportunism brings glory to God and is greatly rewarded. Are you seeking God for the vision, the planning, the investment, wisdom, time and energy needed to do business for Him?
3.A. What is the purpose clause that we find in 1 Peter 4:11?
3.B. To Christ “belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen!” And oh, how it does belong! Let’s discuss just why this is the case. Isaiah 53, Philippians 2:5-11, 3:20-21, Colossians 1:13-22, Titus 2:13-14, Hebrews 1:1-3, Revelation 1:3-8, 1:12-18
3.C. Is your life all about making much of Jesus? If the Word of Christ is dwelling in us richly, then we will be consumed with his glory as we enjoy His companionship. As we savor His precious presence. And no amount of praise is too much, no amount of sacrifice is too much and no amount of service is too much. Overflow will happen! To Him be the glory now, today, forever and ever! Colossians 3:16, 1 Chronicles 29:11-13, Revelation 5:6-14