In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
- Romans 12:6
Recently I went through a hard time in my life spiritually and emotionally, and when I got back to the root cause of it, it stemmed from an identity crisis. I wasn’t sure how to live for Christ and accomplish any work for the Kingdom because I hadn’t grasped the fact that I was made to be unique.
I sought some Godly counsel and dove into the Word and came out of this learning period of my life with a few good nuggets of truth: as Christians, we are all called to the same mission but the way in which we accomplish that mission is to use the unique gifts and talents that God has given each of us.
Throughout the Bible, the call to all Christians is the same… Love your neighbor as yourself and be a light to the broken to lead them to the salvation and hope that is theirs in Christ. We are all called to take the Gospel to the end of the earth! Easy enough, right?
However, although we are all commissioned under the same calling from God, we each have been given our own unique gifts and talents, so the way in which we work towards that mission will differ from others. For instance, my husband is a very gifted speaker and teacher. He could stand in front of hundreds and feel completely comfortable and at ease to lead them through a sermon and ultimately to the feet of Jesus. I, on the other hand, instantly want to vomit when I am put in front of a large group of people. It takes hours upon hours and days upon days of studying a script for me to be able to deliver a speech to a crowd.
But guess what? God has given me the unique gift of encouragement and I am able to use that gift in a one-on-one basis to be able to make others feel comfortable. Although my specific set of gifts/skills may not be like my husband’s, (leading, teaching, etc.) I am still equally as important and necessary to the body of Christ to be able to accomplish the work that is set before us.
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. - Romans 12:4-5
We all don’t have to be extravagant speakers and theologians to be able to lead someone to Christ. We use our actions and our unique, God-given gifts to do that.
So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as ;much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. - Romans 12:6-8
So I encourage you to take a moment to truly search your heart and your life to pinpoint the specific gift(s) that God has given you. Once you pinpoint those gifts, use them! Use them to bring glory to God and to point others to the hope that they can find through Jesus! Each gift is important; don’t let the enemy ruin that for you.
1. What gifts has God given you?
2. How can you use those gifts for the Kingdom?
God, thank You so much for this opportunity. Use these words to penetrate the hearts of those that need to hear them most. Show each person that You, the God of the universe, have given them each a specific set of gifts to use for Your purpose. Help them to know how to use those gifts and be with them as they work diligently to grow Your Kingdom here. Thank You for Your love and encouragement. Amen.
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