We are currently working with home groups to move intentionally towards helping one another discover and use our gifts as we seek to live out the body of Christ. I am enjoying this process and am already learning a lot about myself and others as we develop a common language to talk about our spiritual gifts, personalities, leadership styles, etc.

In my personal reading this morning I came across some ideas that I believe are key for us to pursue.

A little back story: Before we planted Visio Dei we spent a lot of time wrestling with how to define spiritual transformation in the context of our church and home groups. We wanted to make sure that the words encompassed who people were becoming rather than what they did. For example, if we said, learn, love, and give, you could say, “I learned today, Check!” and move on. But instead we chose the words becoming learners, becoming lovers, and becoming givers.

We are continually in this process and its never over…

So, this morning I read this and it clicked to me… in the context of discovering our gifts and meshing things together a lot of this process probably has more do with our attitudes and perspectives and how they affect our actions than the actions themselves. Here is the quote:

Drawing a distinction between service and servant hood… “When we choose to serve, we view service as an occasional option. We stay firmly in control. We decide whom, when, and under what conditions we will serve. Sometimes we are drawn to big acts to increase our sense of significance, and sometimes lowly acts to guarantee a humble image. In any case, if our efforts are not adequately rewardsed, we soon withdraw them altogether. Ironically, this so-called servanthood often fractures the very community it’s intended to serve.

Conversely, being a servant involves the opening ourselves to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We relax our grip on our need to stay in firm control. Big acts of service and small are embraced with equal joy. And while affirmation received from others may be genuinely appreciated, we are content serving an audience of One….

[Our service] has as much to do with the work [Jesus] is trying to do in us as the work is trying to do through us. “

Fully Devoted: Living Life in Jesus Name, p. 68

Christ was the ultimate servant. It takes prayer and transformation for us to take on his attitude, but that is our call.

Its exciting to get to participate in what God is doing, to open ourselves up to recognizing our unique gifts and being willing to offer them to the One whom created us.