Build Up

What is your purpose? For what reason were you put here on earth? Why has God blessed you with spiritual gifts? Are you more curious if your life will be a success by human standards than if you will fulfill God’s purpose for you?

We all have a purpose in life. God has given us a purpose. It is built into us. Unfortunately, far too many pay no attention to that purpose. Instead, they pursue some other purpose, usually one the world tells them they should pursue.

Make no mistake about it, we all must earn a living. That means pursuing a profession. Some professions require additional education, so we pursue college degrees. Most of us desire to have families, which includes taking on increased responsibility. With the cost increase of supporting a family, we pursue better jobs or climbing the corporate ladder. Somewhere in this mix we lose sight of what God wants us to do.

No, God does not want us to ignore our families. Yes, God wants us to earn a living. But He also wants us to pay attention to Him and His family. In fact, He blesses us with spiritual gifts to aid in the care of the body of Christ.

We are to use the gifts God gives us to edify, support, and encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to use those gifts to build up the church. It is sad when we see or hear people putting their brothers or sisters down because their gift is perceived to be lesser. Folks, we need every person and every gift to build up the church. As the currently popular saying states, “It takes all of us.”

I pray we all use our gifts to build up the church. I pray we come to the realization that we need every person and every gift available to us. I pray each one of us seek to know our gifts and decide to contribute to the body of Christ. Know your gifts. Put your gifts to use. Build up the church. Seek to edify one another. Be an encourager.

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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