Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4:10
I’ve heard it said that “your talent is God’s gift to you, what you do with it is your gift back to God,” and though that is cheesy and seemingly cliché, I can’t help but believe that it is true.
I was very young when I discovered my love for writing. I remember in elementary school, my teachers would carve out time for us to work on our portfolio pieces, and I looked forward to that time every day. I can’t explain it, but it was almost as if my mind lit up, and I tapped into my “writing mode.” I loved the feeling of putting a pen to paper. I told my mom about how writing made me feel, and she responded, “maybe it is your gifting from God.”
But I remember getting that feeling on different occasions. Every time an ambulance drove by, my attention immediately turned towards the vehicle. I was intrigued. I wished so badly I could follow them to the hospital, I wished I could help. I loved hospitals and I loved the idea of helping someone in their time of need. But in my mind, I was a writer. That was my gifting. I couldn’t desire to be a nurse and a writer, or could I?
It’s taken me years to understand this, but in the kingdom of God, there are many types of people, with many abilities and giftings. God, in all of His creativity, made each and every one of us different and equipped to minister in different ways. He hand-crafted each of us to reflect His character in unique ways.
So, what does that mean for your life? How can you know what exactly your purpose is? And what about our “gifts?” How can we make sure we don’t misuse them?! I think the better question isn’t about your purpose, it’s about how you can partner with Jesus. We have the ability to wake up every morning, and ask the Lord what He wants to do through us that day. He simply needs our obedience.
Find the things that stir your affections for Christ, and saturate your life in them. And find the things that rob you of that affection, and walk away from them. That’s the Christian life as easy as I can make it for you.
- Matt Chandler
1. What are things that make your heart stir? Have you ever thought of them as “gifts?”
2. How are you using those giftings to minister to people and show them the Gospel?
3. Do you struggle with knowing what your purpose is? How can you trust the Lord that He will guide you on the correct path for you?
God, thank You that You made each of us uniquely. Thank You that You have placed desires in each of our hearts. Help us to trust that You know how to use those gifts. Help us to surrender those gifts to You and allow us to be a vessel for You.
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