What Is Your Gift

We all have a God-given gift.  Sometimes, in order to discover what our real gift is, we need to try things that we are pretty sure are not our talents.  Many times what we were terrified to do turns out to be our main gift or talent.  So often, we let others determine what we should be doing, such as teaching a Sunday school class, heading up a committee, being an emcee, etc.  We end up stressed and doing a mediocre job, not to mention, we keep someone else from doing what they are far more qualified than us to do. 

This isn’t to say that we should never listen to advice from someone else, but we need to be careful that we not listen more to our colleagues than we do to the call of God.  If God calls us to do something, He will equip us to do it.  When we discover what our special gifts are and we are allowed to use them, life becomes more effective and more fulfilling.   

Don’t be misguided into thinking that your gift is too insignificant.  Remember what Paul says in 1Corinthians 12:22 “…those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.”  If you have ever had a sore toe, you will understand what he is saying!

On the other hand, don’t become too proud of your gifts.  Remember, you have those gifts only through the grace of God, and your gifts should be used to build up the body of Christ, not for your own glory.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.” 

Ask God to reveal to you what your gifts are, and use them for His glory.