On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 119: Why Am I Here? Part III (11/06/16)

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2: 10 RSV)

God has showered us with gifts all our life! Have you opened your gifts?  Are you using those gifts for the glory of God and the service of your neighbors?  Have you realized what your calling is?

We have discussed the ways to discover your calling: acknowledge God is in control, listen for his messages and messengers, prayerfully consider the messages (discernment).  Your journey begins with humility.  You must submit yourself to God, lest your judgment be clouded. In the latter case you may never know what God has called you to do.  He has given you gifts use them wisely and lovingly for His service. The gifts are His unique calling to you - for you.

I have heard people say, “I am too old to serve!”  As long as you are alive, your mission on earth is not finished.  A slight change in the direction you are going can put you on a new path that may have dramatic effects on your life as well as the lives of countless others.

Use your time and talents to serve others and God.  Help others find salvation through Christ our Savior.  “..let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:20 RSV).

“I therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4: 1-3 RSV)

This weekly series of brief thoughts on stewardship and Orthodox life is brought to you by your Diocesan Stewardship Commission.

Mark Your Calendar Now for the 2nd annual Stewardship Retreat will be held September 22-24, 2017.

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