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Use Your Energy to Serve the Lord

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Use Your Energy to Serve the Lord

In 1981, Ken Imhoff went to see the movie Cannonball. He fell in love with one of the cars in the movie, a Lamborghini. He decided, right then, he was going to build one. So piece by piece, over the next 17 years, he put in a Corvette suspension, a Boss Mustang 351. And as resourceful as Ken was, he had a major blind spot. He built the car in his basement and had to hire a contractor to dig out the basement wall.

What good is a Lamborghini when it’s parked in the basement? (Click here to listen to this message on our podcast.)

Until you fire up the engine, engage the transmission, and actually drive the car, it will never fulfill the purpose for which it was made!

It is exactly the same way with us! Until we step out of the anonymity of the basement and engage our gifts, we will never experience the impact for which God created us.

ENGAGE = 1) to become involved in; 2) to participate; 3) to join in, and 4) to release the power.

It’s the job of the pastors to release the power of your gifts and engage them in meaningful ministry. Ephesians 4 could not be any clearer. “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”[1]

But pastors can’t do it alone. We need your help to do a better job. Help us to identify your gifts and engage them for their maximum potential.

“In the same way, even though we are many individuals, Christ makes us one body and individuals who are connected to each other.”[2] We are not just connected by relationships; we are connected by serving, by using our God-given gifts to build each other up.

Our gifts vary in style, in interests, in ability and capability. But each one is important and valuable.

“God in his kindness gave each of us different gifts. If your gift is speaking what God has revealed, make sure what you say agrees with the Christian faith. If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If it is encouraging others, devote yourself to giving encouragement. If it is sharing, be generous. If it is leadership, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping people in need, help them cheerfully. Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good. 10 Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other. Don’t be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.”[3]

Use your energy to serve the Lord. Engage your gifts. Put them into gear and do something; go somewhere with it.


[1] Ephesians 4: 4:11-12 NLT

[2] Romans 12:5 GWT

[3] Romans 12:6-11 GWT


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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