Uniqueness and Spiritual Gifts

Uniqueness and Spiritual Gifts

Use your spiritual gifts to further the kingdom of God.

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I watched a sermon Sunday morning, mostly because I overslept and couldn't make it to church, but God did something awesome through that. I clicked on a sermon, read the description, and thought well that sounds alright. It was no accident that I was hearing the words that were spoken, I truly believe God was speaking to me through that pastor.

Pastor Josh was speaking on a topic that we discuss a lot as Christians: purpose. He began with an anecdote about kids in school and how as they grow up they begin to believe less and less in their own abilities. Instead, "society trains the natural-born foolishness out of kids". It happens to all of us! We go from being imaginative children who think we can do anything and be anything to trying to fit into a mold that society came up with. Why do we do this? To fit in with everyone else. To feel like we belong. Then he dropped a truth bomb: "We are still struggling to feel significant".

Squeezing ourselves into society's mold doesn't fill us up with purpose or meaning, it isn't fueled by passion. Instead, it makes us the same as everyone else, nothing changes in our world as long as that is true.

Lots of people make the argument that Christianity is also a type of cookie cutter, which is partly true. We as Christians are modeling ourselves after Jesus and we have to believe and do certain things to accomplish that.

However, the cool thing is that God made us all uniquely. There are parts of me that look nothing like you! Josh summed it up nicely, "God equips you to use you like He made you". So, God wants to use those quirks you have to further His kingdom! You as a unique individual have a specific purpose, given to you by God. How crazy is that to think about?

It is perfectly okay that you are not the same as the person next to you. God didn't make you to fit into this perfect cookie cutter. Yes, we should get to know Jesus and grow to be like Him, however our unique gifts He has blessed us with allow our stories to vary from everyone else. That is beautiful!

Another truth bomb Josh dropped was, "The goal of Christianity is not uniformity, but unity". If we do not rise up together, nothing in this world will change. We must use our gifts and each other to help people see Jesus. That is our job. We cannot sit idly.

God can use you to do amazing things that you never imagined could be done. Will you trust Him enough to use you? As Josh said, "If you do what God made you to do, everything will change".

Click here to listen to the full sermon: http://immanuelhome.org/watch/sermons It is entitled: Reason For You: Special Forces

Verses to go along with this:

1 Peter 4: 10

Romans 12: 6-8

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If You're A Millennial Christian, You Definitely Have A Relationship With Christ And These 19 Other Things

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix” – John 3:16
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1. A lowkey tattoo



Probably on your ankle or wrist. Bonus points if it’s scripture or a cross.

2. Birkenstocks

You’re extra Christian if you wear them with socks.

3. A church camp fling

I don't know if it’s the fellowship or the fact that it’s never really allowed, but Christians LOVE a good camp romance.

4. Extra long Patagonia shorts

Modest is ALWAYS hottest

5. XL shirts (even though you probably would fit into a small)

Shirt or a dress? The world will never know… good thing you have those extra long Patagonia shorts!

6. A thicc study bible

So what if you never actually read the stuff at the bottom? The font is big and the bigger the Bible the closer to heaven, right?

7. Hipster glasses

Because apparently freedom in Christ means freedom from contacts

8. A large collection of Christian books

"Love Does," "Not a Fan," "Redeeming Love," "Popular," and "Everybody Always" are on pre-order. We have them all and copies to give to our friends

9. A nose ring

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we can’t be ~edgy~

10. "Jesus Calling"

It likely sits by your bedside table at home, and you read it a few times a year.

11. La Croix

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix.” –John 3:16

12. A Young Life t-shirt

Whether you have dabbled in Young Life or can name all the camps in a single breath, everyone owns one!

13. The skill to create a killer Instagram story

Spending time in the Word = Spending time creating some sick instastories for the followers. Simple.

14. A Jeep, Subaru, or Suburban

Squad rolls up to church in style

15. A deep love for podcasts or a sermon series.

Did someone say The Porch? Elevation? Passion?

16. A one-piece swimsuit

Two types of people in this world: people who try to make a one-piece cute and people who rock the OG Speedo

17. The Church Clap

It’s not a Christian party until the church clap breaks out. The Holy Spirit loves to dance!

18. A social media cleanse

Whether you gave it up for lent or just felt compelled to give it up for a season, everyone has done it. Bonus points if you alerted your followers about it beforehand in a super long post. Bonus bonus points if it ended after a week.

19. Chacos

Single strapped or double. Toe strap or none. We don’t discriminate!

20. A relationship with Jesus Christ

Although it's funny to make fun of the random stuff a lot of Christians do (and don’t do), what really matters is our relationship with Jesus. I know a lot of Christians who don’t fit this stereotype, and that is totally okay! Doing these things isn’t going make you a better Christian, but spending time in the Bible every day will!

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The Truth About Politics In Religion And How It Affects Our Relationship With God

They don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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It's evident that religion can and has been used in politics from the values of voters and leaders. However, to use your religion or your relationship with God for making political decisions doesn't share the same meaning.

I've always loved finding all the best facts and research for argumentative work but I couldn't pursue that approach for this topic. Why? Because I've experienced the pattern in my relationship with God of how God defies logic.

God can't be contained to a definition or explanation. I liked the way I've heard one leader express that, "If you hear someone trying to explain to God as if he knows then he's a fool before he starts talking". That's a paradox within itself.

I've learned more recently to identify that the two sides of the paradox that you might wrestle with in understanding God are both true. That, yes, His hands are big and He knows exactly what to do to make you surrender but you'll also find no greater love than with Him because He has the biggest heart and knows what you need better than you do.

I think that accepting this paradox will differentiate between those that view politics religiously versus those that view it from 'what is God trying to do here'? The one that focuses on seeking 'what is God trying to do here?' would represent those with a relationship with God. This doesn't mean that referencing the laws of God exempts you from having a relationship but the love of God is the strength that sustains the relationship over the law. This is also a bit of a paradox because they're both important in Christianity.

There's the difference from seeing God as one-sided which is very prideful, limiting and incorrect compared to recognizing that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe that what we believe and how we see God will bring limitations or provision on how we can be used in God's plan for His kingdom on earth when it comes to the way the world is run.

God, our relationship with God and the law of God all have to be considered in the things we do as Christians.

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