13 Nov 2017

Called, Gifted and Humble

by Clyde Thomas

Start by reading…

Galatians 1-2
Psalm 72
Proverbs 13

Galatians 1:1-5 (NKJV) says: “Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

This reading helps us understand much about ministry gifting and God’s call on our lives. Paul was anointed and appointed by God, as an apostle. This wasn’t a man-made role, but a specific calling from God. He was gifted to function in this way.

Paul was one member of a team. Notice that the letter is from him and his brethren. This isn’t a man who sits at the top of a pyramid, but rather a servant of all. He stands alongside a team, yet knows his distinct calling.

Paul was entirely given to, and working in, the power of the gospel. There is no ministry outside the gospel, and there is no power when we veer from it.

We should consider:

  1. The specific calling and gifting God has given us.
  2. The people God has positioned around us that are essential to fruitfulness for the Kingdom of God.
  3. Our understanding and dependence on the gospel.

These three keys keep us humble and dependant on Jesus. They help build a church rather than a business; a Kingdom rather than an empire. You and I are important in God’s plan, but there is only one superstar and His name is Jesus Christ.

Pause and reflect: Pray and reflect on the three truths we have considered. Ask God to show you what your calling is.

Clyde Thomas
Clyde Thomas

Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT

Your thoughts & prayers

  • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

    Wonderful Scriptures today – so full of teaching. One little phrase in brackets really stood out for me, “God has no favorites”. A great devotional too Pastor Clyde. So often in our finite minds we have favourites, but all God’s people have purpose in the body of Christ, and when one part hurts, the whole body hurts.

    Sometimes I look out for the people who are beavering away behind the scenes, not knowing anyone is watching. Often no-one is and so easily their hard work can go unnoticed – that is until they are not there and then we all know! I thank God for every one of them and we have several in Victory Church.

    I remember Victory Church had a lovely lady named Marie Claire who left to move to London just before we moved here to Cwmbran. We were then part of the Live Stream campus and I remember how we all rejoiced in the Live Stream chat room when we heard that she came in every Monday morning to clean the church and the loos, bringing her own materials and giving of her time – all voluntary and not looking for reward. You presented her with a farewell gift and card to thank her on her last Sunday with you, and we Live Streamers all watched as that dear humble, shy little woman of God walked in front of the camera, not liking the limelight at all. It is a moment I will never forget, and I was reminded of the Scripture that says the first shall be last and the last shall be first when we arrive in the Kingdom of Heaven.

    There are so many different giftings that God bestows upon His people, and some will be in the front, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus loud and clear, leading many souls into the Kingdom of Heaven, whilst others will have lesser, yet equally important roles to play – but all are equally important in the Kingdom work, and God looks for each of us to carry out the tasks He has called us to in humility – placing all our trust in Him to flow through us in every moment of our lives, whether alone, or in a crowd, honouring and loving one another and working to keep the unity that God longs to see.

    These are some of the thoughts that have come to me as I read the Scriptures and the devotional for today in the middle of the night. I have been praying at home because I didn’t think you would all want me coughing down in the prayer room at the church!

    God has been showing me things and all point to the need to call His people back to the place of Holiness. Not just on a Sunday in the services when everyone is watching, but in every moment of our lives. He is always watching! I’m going to write down the Scriptures God has given to me in quiet moments of listening for His still small voice. Silence can sometimes be golden allowing God to speak to us, and throughout the weekend Holiness is the word He has kept showing me over and over again. I believe He is calling us to teach Holiness to our young children and young people whom the state education have robbed of their innocence. It makes me weep to think of the rubbish they teach to young children today, even on the T.V. and in the soaps from what I’m told. I feel the anger of God against our nation for allowing this to happen and I believe God is calling us all to repentance because revival begins in the heart of each one of us when we become aware of our own sinfulness before His Purity and Holiness

    1 Peter 1:13-16 NKJV “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”.

  • Annie Brown

    thank you Clyde. I love your three points (we have had a really tough day today) and I needed reminding. Thank you

    • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

      Annie, I was praying for you. Will message to find how things are. x

  • Terry Leaman

    Interesting this morning Pastor, when you read about Paul talking to Peter and them discussing the things they’ve been preaching. I never really think of them meeting and talking about things. Especially things that seem quite diverse in thinking, yet they had to iron them out. But they did. Then later I like to see the unity behind what they preached. That’s great.

    • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

      Amen Terry.