WHAT DID I SIGN UP FOR?
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: the one who leads, with zeal. Romans 12:6,8
If I am given something to manage and I’ve accepted the responsibility, I should do it well. The paperwork shouldn’t sit on my desk, hidden under a stack of other things I’d rather do. When I don’t turn things in on time, return phone calls, and administrate what I’ve agreed to organize, I leave a bad spiritual taste in other’s mouths. If I don’t care, and I am Jesus’ ambassador, then others conclude that He doesn’t care either.
When Paul wrote these words, he was writing to people who lived under a different kind of local government. There were no hospitals, orphanages, or rescue missions. Extending compassion and mercy to those who needed it advanced the kingdom. People within the church were given responsibility to take care of people in their villages and cities, even cities like Rome. When their spiritual enterprise was well ordered, the love of Christ was on beautiful display and the flavor of the Gospel exploded.
God is not a God of confusion and whatever He does, He does well. If He redeems just one area of my life, there are always dozens of side-benefits. He gives even more than He promises because His nature is to bless.
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