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Engage Your Heart

Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other.

Romans 12:9-10 GW

There is a common grace given to humanity. We see those natural gifts in what the world calls, “superstars,” like Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson. But there is a grace from God that comes with your spiritual gift. God’s ability comes upon your ability to do that particular thing He’s called you to do.

The function of your spiritual gift requires faith and love.

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A nursery worker named Herbert died. He was the shiest person ever. He worked hard with his hands on a plot of land his family left to him. He cared for children in the nursery for more than sixty years. There were so many people at his funeral. Why? Because he loved them in a simple way—serving them—and they loved him back by the hundreds.

Serving others can be extremely difficult. Sometimes in our service, our hearts are tested. Relationships aren’t always easy. When we choose to serve God and open are hearts, it’s going to take diligence, hope, patience, prayer, perseverance, a generous spirit and love.

We are called to give the best gift we can. Through service, we are transformed and at the same time, God uses your service to work in the hearts of those you are willing to serve. Engage your heart and ask God where He desires for you to serve Him.

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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