Jesus followers actively develop and use their God given gifts, talents, strengths, and character to build up others and serve them.
- Set aside fifteen minutes for a time of thanksgiving each day. It could be helpful to write down three things each day you are thankful for. As well, consider meditating through Philippians 4:8-9 and consider all things beautiful, noble, true etc.
- The spiritual practice of the Examen is built on the foundation of God’s love and that God wills us to have more life and love. Each night ask the Holy Spirit to search your day for what has brought you life (consolation) and what has brought you death (desolation). As you record what is revealed each day, patterns will inevitably develop. God’s will is that you do more of what brings you life and to address what is causing you desolation.
- Praying and meditating through the Parable of the Four Soils is a powerful way to hold your life up to the light of Christ. As you pray through the four soils, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how your heart/life reflects each of the four soils by asking yourself these questions: What areas of my heart reflect the rocky soil? Where do I lack deep roots? What are the worries of life that are choking out the fruit in my life? Where is there multiplication in my life? Part of this exercise is being serious about how you are going to respond to what is revealed.
- Pick something very specific that you are passionate about: a job for someone you know, a person you would like to see come to know Jesus, a personality conflict, a test you will be taking, a situation you will be facing this week on your job or at home, or a decision you have to make. Pray for something that can be accomplished in a short period of time, not something that may take months or even years to resolve. Pray for that issue as passionately as you believe in it. Feel free to present reasons to God as to why he should grant your request. Also, feel free to weep.
- 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 lists the following nine gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discernment, speaking in tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. Explore these gifts through prayer. Ask God to guide you to a gift(s) that may be neglected and needs to be stirred up in your life or the life of your church fellowship. (1Tim 4:14)