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Miles McPherson with Michael Jr. - July 15, 2012

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When you become a Christ-follower, the Holy Spirit then works through your talent.

Everybody has natural abilities and talents.  When you become a Christ-follower, the Holy Spirit then works through your talent.  Each believer is a specific part of the body of Christ, with specific gifts to be used in God’s plan.

For in fact the body is not one member but many.   1 Corinthians 12: 14

Today the Rock welcomed Michael Jr., a comedian with a mission to bring laughter and truth to people as He serves Christ.  Michael’s gift is comedy, which a non-believer could have as well, but because Michael loves and follows Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has changed Michael’s perspective and given him instruction on how to use his gift to minister to others.

God uses our weaknesses to redirect us toward our strengths.  2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Michael shared that as a child, he really struggled with reading.  In the midst of this struggle, he developed a process of looking at a word seven different ways (font, color, position, placement, etc.) in an attempt to decipher its meaning.  As Michael grew and became a better reader, he applied this skill to his perspective and learned to see seven different possibilities for a situation.  As an adult and a Christian, Michael is now able to use that same skill to see things in seven different ways, which always allows him to find humor that he can use in comedy.  Though the devil would have liked to use Michael’s weakness against him and tear down his self-esteem, God was able to turn Michael’s weakness into strength.

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 8-9a

Identify three of your own weaknesses.  The devil wishes to use these weaknesses to make you feel insignificant and small, but the Lord has other plans for you.  Allow the Lord to reveal the strengths and talents He has given you and spend your time honing these for His glory.

Get God’s perspective on how to use the gifts He has given you.  Romans 12:1-2, Acts 1:8

There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand. Proverbs 19:21

Michael was enjoying a lot of success and media attention as a comedian, but something was still missing.  One night at a club, God suddenly changed his mindset.  Where Michael had always seen his goal as getting laughter (taking from the audience), God spoke and asked him to give others an opportunity to laugh (giving to the audience).  As the Holy Spirit changed Michael’s thinking, he began to recognize opportunities for using his talent as a ministry to others.  He began noticing the hurt, oppressed, and afflicted with whom he could share laughter and truth.

In Romans 12:1-2, Paul tells us to give our bodies as a living sacrifice to God.  This means that the gifts and talents we have don’t belong to us.  They belong to God and are to be used to serve and love other people for God’s glory.   As we humble ourselves and desire to think about thing the way God thinks about them, then we can better understand how we can fulfill His plans for us.

3. Walking by faith means acting before knowing.

Because God has asked Michael to bring laughter and hope into dark situations, at time he has been placed in front of some very tough audiences (prisons, centers for abused children, etc.)  Many times, he has felt nervous and isn’t sure what he would say, but God reminds him of his goal: to give to others the opportunity to laugh.  Often, he doesn’t know what he is going to say or do until he puts his feet where they need to be.  Once he is there in front of the crowd to which God has called him to speak, God always provides the inspiration.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

God doesn’t provide all the answers before He asks us to move.

 

God doesn’t provide all the answers before He asks us to move. He wants us to build our trust in Him and to move when we are called, whether or not we understand all the details or have all the provisions we need to succeed.

So what are your gifts?  How does God want you to use your natural abilities to minister to others and serve Christ as a member of His body?  Visit www.sdrock.com/giftstest today to find out!

This Message

In this special message with comedian Michael Jr., Pastor Miles encourages us to find out what our gifts are so that the Holy Spirit can work through us to minister to other people.

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