PAUSE: Understanding and Using Your Spiritual Gifts
PAUSE: Communication is Key in a Relationship
From unity God seeks to deploy diversity to build His Kingdom on earth.
Gifts are given to the church to advance the Kingdom. Not for personal agendas, to feed egos, to cause division, or ignite conflict. We are not to look up or down to one another in the church but rather look forward to Jesus together. When conflict, envy and comparisons are give attention around the subject of gifting - humility is lost and we're doing things wrong. When we envy and fight (creating comparisons among us and churches) we lose sight of what we're supposed to be about - reaching the lost - this is done through the beauty of our testimony individually but even more corporately.
PAUSE: Be Still & Know God (Intro)
Communication is the key to a healthy relationship with God. Cultivate relationship with God by using your time and energy wisely. To cultivate a relationship with God one must choose from among the good, what is best. Vegging out on your phone looking at Instagram posts, playing Fortnite for hours or binging on episodes of Narcos are time sucks. While not bad, these distractions can fill up our waking hours. The Christian must make choices. The Christian must be responsible for their relationship with God.
Ever have one of those days where you've said, "Just when I thought nothing else could go wrong..." Life is busy for most everyone. The typical day for many involves getting the kids to school on time, taking them to various different sport practices, piano rehearsal, ballet, math tutoring, youth group, snatching a quick bite to eat (many times in the car) and then home for homework before bed. Mix into these tight schedules doctor appointments, caring for elderly parents or grandchildren, shopping for groceries and vehicle maintenance. Then busy productive people come to church and the Pastor encourages them to read their bibles and pray. The response is often thought, if not spoken, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" There doesn't seem to be time for God personally—we get our families and ourselves to church but there doesn't appear margin left for anything else! Add even more with serious illness, relationship breakdowns or job crisis and it can seem the world is descending into chaos.