God Wants to Use You — the gift of ministering.

Bill Brinkworth

When God provided the ten commandments and the instructions for the temple, he also had a plan for workers. One man in particular was chosen to minister in the building of the temple. God used an ordinary man to build an important work.

Exodus 31:1 And the LORD sake unto Moses, saying, 2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. 6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

There are jobs to be done in work God needs us to accomplish — ministering. God wants to use ordinary men and women to get the work done. We are like tools in God’s tool chest. Each has a different purpose. Bezaleel was a tool that God could use, so are Pastors, Sunday School teachers, choir members. Each are different and has a different ability and gift.

The seven gifts for this church age are found in:
Romans 12:6 "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness."

Every saved person has at least one of the gifts found in Romans 12. Perhaps you haven't yet found what your gift from God is. While you are praying, and searching the scriptures for God to show you, we all can minister to the needs of others. Not all may have the gift of ministering, but all can minister. There are many things that need to be done.

We can all find a ministry. After I first saved, my preacher preached the previous verses about gifts in Romans. I asked the Lord to show me what he had for me to do. I told him I would do the first thing He showed me . He did. That Sunday from the pulpit, the pastor announced a need of an older, disabled man to have his yard cleaned up. No it wasn't glamorous, nor was it easy, but it was finding what my hand could do to serve God. God usually, doesn’t use a person for the big jobs that won’t do the little ones.

Ecclesiastes 9: 10 "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."

1 Corinthians 10:30 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do , do all to the glory of God."

You can take what skills and interest you have to bring other people to learn about the Lord. The ministry is not to bring glory to yourself, it is just a tool to allow others, that may not normally listen to the message God has for them, to hear it. It is not a way to earn salvation, because that is not possible, it is a method to get others to hear God's message.

I’ve seen others with: a puppet ministry, grass mowing ministry (he mowed people's grass for free, if they would let him witness to them ), a shooting ministry, a strong man ministry, a karate ministry, a Gospel magic ministry, etc. Use what you can do for the glory of God then God may trust you with another ministry. Some ideas are:


Pray and ask the Lord for a ministry. Look for the first opportunity. After you have prayed, ask your pastor, parent, Sunday School teacher, bus captain — what can I do to serve the Lord?

May 1, 1999

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