For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption.
Every believer has a mandate to serve their generation. You, as an individual, are expected to actively serve God and your generation by employing your gifts and talents in your sphere of influence.
Your first mission field is right where you are. Serve right where you are with what you have. This is not a mammoth task as many think. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to serve your generation.
1. Discover your gift
God has deposited particular gifts in every human being on earth. This is an area of strength you are to use for the benefit of the Kingdom and the world.
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…..
Discovering your purpose and gifts is not complicated.To get you started, ask yourself a few simple questions:
1) What are my strengths?
2) What am I passionate about?
3) What do I hate? (This indicates the problems you’re called to solve)
4) What gives me satisfaction and fulfillment in life?
Armed with the answers to these questions, the quest to find your gifts is bound to end in success.
2. Develop confidence
And he said to him, ‘Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.’
Confidence, rather, the lack of it is the one major barrier preventing people from serving their generation.
Like Gideon, many are hiding their gifts and talents in one threshing floor or another.
The problem is that you look at yourself. Always remember, your confidence is not in yourself but in Christ. It’s not about what you can do but what Christ can achieve through you.
3. Use your gift
Discovering your gift is not enough. You have to put it to good use. Your gift is a vehicle for sharing God’s love.
Many times we make the mistake of belittling our gifts and hiding them. We magnify great orators and healing evangelists. Yet in God’s eyes, we are just the same.
What counts is faithfulness not the type of gift you have.
Whatever the gift, be it cooking, singing or tailoring like Tabitha in the book of Acts, use it to draw people to Christ.
4. Disciple others
Teach others to serve their generation. The mission is clear, “go and make disciples”. If we don’t disciple others we lose the next generation.
And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.
1 Samuel 22:2
David served his generation by discipling those who came under his leadership. Impact your generation positively by taking a couple of people under your wing and teaching them the ways of Christ.
Teach them to go and disciple others.
5. Do it again
Serving your generation should be a lifestyle, not an event.
Once you discover your gift(s), use them at every opportunity. Every person you encounter must be touched with that which God has put inside you.
Many Christians are frustrated and unfulfilled in life. There is an emptiness within that is inexplicable. The cure lies in doing that which God has put you here on earth for. Empty yourself in serving your generation.
Nothing is as satisfying in life as being relevant to “your generation”. What a joy it will be on that day to hear the King of Kings say to you:
‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:21)
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