Manna 73 Editorial
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good
stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Pet 4:10)
What is your gift?
Some of us can answer this
question immediately. Few may not be so sure. Others may even say they do not
have any talents.
In fact, all of us have gifts or
skills that we employ for our own benefit—be it in our studies, at work or
simply for our own enjoyment. But when it comes to offering our gift for the
Lord’s use, hesitation sets in. I recall an instance where an elderly brother
told me, “What can an old man like me do? I don’t wish to be bothered. Just let
the young people work.” But what do the young say? “I’m too busy” or “I don’t
think I’m suitable. I’m sure there are more talented and experienced people who
can do the job.”
But is it really true that only the young and strong, the smart and skillful,
or the experienced among us can serve God?
In fact, serving God is
fundamental to every Christian’s life of faith. Just as food is essential to
sustain our physical life, serving God is an integral part of our spiritual
life. Hence, serving God is something that everyone can and must do. Faith and
service complement each other, for in serving God, we experience Him and this,
in turn, strengthens our faith. When God created Adam, He had a purpose for
man: to tend the Garden of Eden. This shows that we were created to work, not
for ourselves, but for God. Our purpose in life is to serve the Lord.
Even Jesus Christ came into this
world in the form of a bondservant, setting the most excellent example of
lifelong service. His ministry culminated in His sacrifice on the cross for the
sins of humanity. Through His death, we have received the hope of eternal life.
Shouldn’t we repay such great love in return? But what can we do? What can we
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your
reasonable service.” (Rom 12:1)
In fact, the best gift that we can
offer to God is ourselves—our time and our energy. We can devote these to the
work of God, be it serving within the church, preaching the gospel to our
friends and relatives, or helping those in need. Our church attendance to
worship God, and our intercessory prayers for our brethren are also forms of
service. In short, there is work for every child of God, for He wants us to
share in His work and ultimately, in His glory.
Therefore, we must prepare ourselves
to serve God by removing our self-centered concerns. Be willing to heed the
Spirit’s voice and cultivate a godly disposition. Stay in constant touch with
God through His Spirit and His word. Reflect upon what we can do for God—it does
not matter how small or insignificant the task, as long as we sanctify
ourselves and have the heart to serve Him, He will accept our service.