“In the last days, God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.’” (Acts 2:17 NIV, emphasis added)
God blessed the early Church — the first community of believers we read about in Acts — like no other. They grew exponentially. The first church was a mega-church on the very first day of its existence; 3,000 people came to faith in Christ!
The early Church made a monumental difference in the world. You want to make a difference too, right? If our churches are going to have an influence similar to the early Church, we need to do what the early Church did.
This means we need to mobilize every member as a minister. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter preached: “In the last days, God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams’” (Acts 2:17 NIV, emphasis added). Young, old, sons, daughters — everyone had a part in the early Church.
And God has a place for everyone in his Church today, too. If you’re in the family of God, he expects you to do your part! God can use whatever talent you have for his glory.
Talk About It
How are your using you talents and gifts to serve others and serve God?
Make a list of all your talents, and then think out of the box: How could you use them in ministry?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.