What is discernment?
Why is it important?
Who has it?
When is it important?
Where is it to be applied?
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17, NIV)
In this letter, Paul asks that these friends be given this gift so that they may know the Lord better.
I have been involved in the reintroduction of Diaconate, deacon, to our home church. Our church had allowed the position to, wither, if you will indulge me. One of the core values we are stressing is service to the congregation and to our community. We will be charged with monitoring, fundraising, and disbursement of a benevolent fund. Something we all need to be prepared to do is listen to God’s answers to our prayers as we reach out into the greater community.
As we open our doors to greater need, we expect to see more grift. I don’t like being skeptical, but we find that this quality can be helpful, especially when practiced carefully. It is important that you, as a congregation, are helpful in the greater community, but also turn down services too many times which may allow your church to be perceived as cold or dispassionate. We must listen carefully to God’s call in each and every situation; prayerfully considering the request and using good judgment to make an informed decision
Lord, walk us through each decision that needs to be made in the body of Christ as well as in our personal lives. Give us each discernment. May we be diligent in serving You and seeing the needs before us. Amen.