Everyone Has One–Even You!
Have you ever said or heard something like, “It seems like everyone around me is being used by God, but He’s not using me because I don’t have any gifts”?
If you or someone you know can relate, check out these three truths that I hope are encouraging.
Everyone has received a gift.
1 Peter 4:10 says that all of God ‘s children have received a gift—including you!
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
With this in mind, remember there isn’t a single insignificant gift in the body of Christ. Each gift has been designed to fulfill God’s purposes. We often buy into the lie that only visible gifts are valuable, such as when someone is on television or radio, ministers to multitudes, or is standing on stage, but the less visible gifts are no less important.
“If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them in the body just as He pleased” (1 Corinthians 12:15-16)
God has given some of His children large patches of ground to work; others have been given a smaller amount, but no gift is insignificant. All are a critical part of what God is doing in the world. It takes many people doing various kinds of work to make God’s plans happen.
Your gift is from God.
Because all gifts are received from God, this obviously means you didn’t give your gift to yourself. Wise is the person who remembers that everything they have and are is from Him! When they remember this, they will also know He will empower them to use their gift.
Your gift is for the benefit of others.
Sometimes, we forget that using our gifts isn’t for our comfort, happiness, or to make us feel purposeful, but it’s to serve the body of Christ.
According to 1 Peter 4:10, when we use our gift, we are good stewards of God’s grace. In other words, our gifts are a funnel through which God’s grace flows. According to Strong’s Lexicon, the word “grace” in this verse, is the word charis in the original Greek language.
Charis is defined as “the merciful kindness of God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of Christian virtues.”
Through the use of our gifts, we are stewards of His grace whereby He influences people, strengthens them, changes them, and showers His affection on them.
Do you see that if you don’t use your gifts that you are not only robbing not only from God, but from others? Others need you. You have been created to make a difference for Christ by using your gifts to positively impact the world.
You have a gift. Your job is to ask God to show you what it is, seek to discover it, and water it so it will grow. It’s your job to use it and not to waste it.
What’s your gift?
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