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God Gives You Abilities to Help Others 
By Rick Warren

“Now you belong to him who was raised from death in order that we might be useful in the service of God.” Romans 7:4 (GNT)

God created you to help others. Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service. A “non-serving Christian” is a contradiction in terms.

The Bible says, “He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose” (2 Timothy 1:9 GNT).

Jesus came to earth with a mission. God has a mission for your life, too. 

“You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you” (1 Peter 2:9 GW).

You may think that being called by God is something only missionaries, pastors, and other full-time church workers experience, but the Bible says every Christian is called to service.

God has given you unique talents and abilities to benefit others, and he’s gifted others with talents and abilities to benefit you. If you don’t share your talents with those around you, they’ll be cheated. If they don’t share their talents with you, you’ll miss out. 

For instance, if you’re someone who doesn’t know what a carburetor is, isn’t it great that other people have mechanical skills? On the other hand, maybe you make the best chocolate chip cookies in your neighborhood and can share that gift with people around you.

Everything in society says, “It’s all about me.” Yet nothing could be further from the truth! God is calling you to use your gifts to help others. 

When you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling. The Bible says, “Now you belong to him who was raised from death in order that we might be useful in the service of God” (Romans 7:4 GNT).

Jesus glorified God by fulfilling his mission. God wants you to follow that example. 

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