Genesis 1.26-27: “Then God said, ’Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (NIV)
God, very lovingly and carefully, made us unique, different from all His other creations. It was mankind that God made in His image, like Himself, and we were given dominion over the rest of the world. God has entrusted the world into our hands and expects us to take care of the world around us. It is no wonder then that God grants His people different spiritual gifts to be able to do so!
Romans 12.3-8: “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (NIV)
One of our great joys in this world is to seek out the gift(s) that God has granted us and to utilize them. Whether it be prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading or showing mercy – God calls us to use these gifts responsibly and to His glory. Every believer possesses different spiritual gifts and God calls us to come together as the body of Christ so that we can each play a different role in His Kingdom, forming one whole body.
Volunteer work provides a wonderful way to reflect the unique image God has created us in, one in which we can seek out the spiritual gifts that the Lord has given us. At the Canadian Bible Society, we have an array of volunteer positions – which highlight the different talents and gifts that the Lord has given us. We have office volunteers who work in the bookstore, sort stamps, do data entry or legal work, among other tasks, and district volunteers such as those who attend conferences or citizenship courts, help with organizing biking events and meetings. None of these positions are the same, just like the way God has created us, none of us being the same. However, when we all come together to serve God, we form one whole body whose members function together to ensure that God is glorified above all else. At the Bible Society, we know that our volunteers utilize their spiritual gifts to form one body so that we can serve God together as a whole.
Matthew 5.16: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Our prayer is that we may come together to use our spiritual gifts in the work that we do and to let the Lord shine brightly. April is National Volunteer Week, a week that is dedicated to honouring all volunteers and the spiritual gifts they bring into the CBS community. However, one month does not sufficiently represent the gratitude and thankfulness that we have for our volunteers. On behalf of the Canadian Bible Society, thank you so much for the work that you have done and are doing for God’s Kingdom through the Bible Society and for being a part of our family!