Friends Helping Friends Follow Christ : Core Value 7 – A testimony from the CVC family

As I read my Bible through a study of spiritual gifts, there was a verse that really spoke to me:

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all.(1 Corinthians 12:7,NIV)

It seemed to me that the Bible is clear that everyone who is a Christian has received a spiritual gift. To deny that would be to call the Lord a liar. If God says that something is true and we don’t believe Him or deny that to be true for us, then we have stepped into a place where we ought not to be. So, if I have been given a gift, I should figure out what it is that I have been given. After all, on Christmas morning, I still rise early in anticipation of the presents under the tree.

My dad lived out being a servant in front of me. He was a Sunday School teacher for several years, and he was a man that never sought to be in the spotlight but quietly served others.

Realizing that Jesus taught being a servant as one of His core values and wanting to emulate His life in mine, I understood that being a servant in His kingdom was not a choice but really a commandment that could not be ignored or neglected. The question became where and how not should.

Since that time, when I really understood the gift and the application and the blessings that followed, I have found unparalleled joy in serving. I truly enjoy the feeling when I see someone who has been served as they receive my gift to them and understands that nothing in return is expected. No strings attached. God called, I answered and He tells me “well done.” Nothing could possibly be better.

Dwight Langdon

Dr. John Jackson is the President of Jessup University. He’s the author of 10 books, the most recent being “Grace Ambassador”. He’s a transformative leader, committed to equipping believers and fostering change in their local communities… Read more

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