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A few weeks ago we looked at “The WHY behind the WHAT: Church Facility Management” and we looked at how the first Facility Managers were actually the Levites (Numbers 3). This week I want to drive this home a little more.
I receive a daily devotional from Rick Warren called Daily Hope. I love getting these (and others) in my Inbox each day. What a great way to start the day!
The other morning the devotional started off with the following verse:
“When you produce much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified.” (John 15:8a AMP)
The devotional continued with…
When you use the gifts that God has given you, it is an act of worship.
What is it that makes God smile? Some people think God only smiles when you’re praying or singing or going to church. The truth is, God smiles when you use the gifts that he’s given you. When you’re doing what you were wired to do and shaped to do, God goes, “That’s so cool! I made him to do that!”
Remember in “Chariots of Fire,” when Erik Liddell said, “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure”? God shaped some guys to run. He shaped others to ride bikes, drive fast cars, or surf. They’re just good at it. I think when God looks at them, he says, “That is so cool! I made the wave. I made the surfer. This is cool.” You don’t have to always be doing something spiritual to bring God glory.
Let’s add another gift to that may not be on the tip of your tongue…the gift of Facility Management. You don’t think that is a gift?
Is administration a gift?
Is leadership a gift?
Is deductive reasoning a gift?
Is negotiation ability a gift?
Is cognitive thinking a gift?
Is forward planning a gift?
Is attention to detail a gift?
If the above are gifts (and I contend that they are since not everyone has them)…then when they are combined together, and possibly others added…it only reasons that facility management is a gift…and when we use our gifts, it is WORSHIP!
Another relevant passage is 1 Peter 4:10 NLT – “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” When you use your gifts correctly, God gets the glory. And you certainly can’t please God with gifts you don’t have. God doesn’t expect you to be talented or gifted at everything. He just wants you to use what he’s given you.
So, if you are a facility manager, when you use the gifts God has entrusted to you, you are worshiping. That is a good stuff and I trust it encourages you today!