Do you want to know a secret about unlocking blessings in your life?
Before I started this message I gave away a big pack of candy to one of our students. Then when that student shared the candy, we gave even more candy for them to share. If we look at 1 Peter 4:10-11 we read,
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
We’ve talked before in Deeper about gifts. I love to talk about this type of thing with students because this is one of the most exciting times in your life when it comes to discovering who you are. You have the opportunity now, more so than previous generations to discover who you are and the talents that God has placed in your life. You can take tons of different elective courses at your school, then even more if you decide to go to college.
In fact, let me challenge you to think differently about school. I know for many of us school is a lot like prison. However I want you to change the way you look at school and the way you look at your life. Because the truth is, if you think school is a prison, you’re one day going leave that school by either dropping out or graduating into other prisons. You might not realize it at first but if you view responsibilities as prisons, then this life is full of different kinds of prisons. I want you to view school and life as an opportunity. An opportunity to grow and develop talents. To learn and be the best you can possibly be, not to impress someone, but to worship God who created you.
I hate math, I’ll never love math, but I can get through it and give it my best so I can get to something better. Trust me, high school Holden would not have preached this message. I subscribed more to Pink Floyd’s “We Dont Need No Education”… but as I started to unpack who I was as a person, life started to change. I started pursuing different passions, found a calling and I believe discovered why I was put on this earth.
To learn and to teach God’s word
The first part of todays message is a gentle reminder, to discover those gifts within yourself, develop those gifts, and, what we’re talking about tonight, use those gifts.
Before we really open up this conversation I want us to look at John 13:1-17 and at first glance you might be wondering why we read about this act of servanthood by Jesus. It says,
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but som