We Are God’s Handiwork

I believe that people are gifted with certain gifts and God gives them these gifts so that they can minister to people within the church. At one time I thought my gift was to counsel people; in fact, I went to school to get a master degree in counseling just so I would be equipped to counsel.

While going to school, I counseled people in the church. It seemed that God provided many opportunities for me to help people, but after I graduated and we moved to another church, the opportunities for counseling diminished. Now that we are at the second church, post-graduation, counseling is hardly ever conducted.

Perhaps it is because for the longest time I felt inadequate to counsel because I wasn’t licensed. I also felt inadequate because I didn’t take courses that taught me how to integrate the Bible into counseling sessions (these courses were offered during my last semester of the counseling program—too late for me to take if I wanted to graduate).  

Since I was no longer counseling people or training people to counsel, I wondered, perhaps God was closing the doors on this ministry? Maybe I’m supposed to do other things?

Today I am attending a conference on Biblical Counseling. The things I heard is affirming to me in that the counseling I have been doing is biblical and my feelings of inadequacy are probably from Satan.

I think Satan tries to discourage us from doing God’s work. He discouraged me from counseling. I realize now that I don’t need a license to counsel God’s people in the church.

I have no idea in what direction God is taking me, but I know that He has assured me that I should not feel inadequate. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (NIV).

In what ways do you feel inadequate or discouraged? If you are doing God’s work, then He has equipped you so don’t be discouraged or feel inadequate.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

The Christian life

There have been times that I told people we are supposed to live like a Christian, but I never considered that maybe they had no idea what I meant. What does “living a Christian life” supposed to look like? Is it going to church every Sunday and reading your Bible every day?  I have heard people say that we have to sacrifice our time and go to church and then do ministry—is that what “living a Christian life” is about?

I think about the passages in Psalm 51:16-17, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (NLT).

I think God could care less about us sacrificing our time—what He really cares about is our motivation for going to church, doing ministry, reading our Bible, etc.  Does our heart truly desire to align with God’s? This is what living a Christian life is all about.  We do things not out of obligation, but because we love God, we want to please Him, and we want to be closer to Him. My personal prayer is that my heart will be broken every day so that God can reshape it.

What about you? What do you think it means to live a Christian life?

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti