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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

God has a job for you to do and equips you with gifts to do it

A Covenant Prayer
“Let Me Be Employed by You” – Part I

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:7
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

Another part of John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” is about God using us to accomplish His purposes:

Let me be employed by you.

God has a job for each of His children.

As today’s Key Verse reminds us, God gives every believer a spiritual gift so we can help one another. When we make this Covenant Prayer our prayer, then we tell God that we are willing for Him to use us for whatever task He calls us to.

ChurchGrowth.org lists twenty-one spiritual gifts from the New Testament. Dr. C. Peter Wagner (in his book Finding Your Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire) identifies twenty-seven spiritual gifts.

Do not consider lists like these to be the only spiritual gifts that God gives to His children; rather, they are examples of the many gifts that God has available. Regardless, it is clear that God has a job for you to do and a gift that equips you to do it (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Many believers get frustrated trying to figure out what their spiritual gift is. This is unnecessary because when God gives someone a gift, He also guides that person to the specific area of employment He chooses for them. Our desires, once we are Christ-followers, show us where God wants us to serve:

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13 NLT)

Every believer should be a part of a church family because there is no such thing as an “isolated” believer in the New Testament. When we belong to a church family, we start to feel a desire to serve God in some ministry of that church. One way everyone in the church can serve is by encouraging one another:

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Also:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Are you ready to tell God that you are willing for Him to employ you? Are you ready to use the gifts that God has given you to help your church become the church God wants it to be?

Let me encourage you to follow your desires and help those around you in your church, your neighborhood, or your workplace.

Father, I am willing to be employed by You and go where You want me to and do what You want me to do. Please guide me to the place where I can serve You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.