Romans 12: 6-8
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.
Every talent we have been given is by and through the grace of God. He plants it within us and the Holy Spirit prompts and empowers us to use it according to His will and purpose.
When I use my talents and gifts for Him, it is for His glory and my good. When I surrender to that opportunity, He multiplies and expands His Kingdom.
We are interdependent of each other. We each make up a part of the body of Christ—the church. One person’s gifts and talents are no more or less important than the next. We all have a purpose and part to play. Someone gets to preach, someone gets to make coffee, someone gets to be the cheerleader, and someone gets to be the coach. You and I make up the church and each one of us has an important role to play according to the grace we have been given—freely given at a tremendous price!
He wants us to do the work He called us each to do and, in that, experience relationship with Him. By putting our faith in action, our brothers and sisters that don’t know Him yet will see the love of Jesus rather than just hearing about it.
Using the gifts and talents we have been given leaves no room for pride or jealousy. We get to humbly serve Him while we serve alongside each other in our divinely appointed roles. It’s yet another way that God shows us just how much relationships and community matter to Him and to us. You and I are wired to be in relationship, and each set of beautiful and uniquely designed talents is far more important than our human mind can understand.
When I use the gifts and talents that God has given me, it is a spiritual and physical act of worship. He never wastes our talents. Radical grace + radical obedience = a healthy, functioning, and growing body of Christ. His church. His people. His family. His plan.
Thought of the day: Are you choosing to use the gifts and talents you have been given to honor God? Is it time for you to step out in obedience and choose to freely give what has been freely given to you?
Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your amazing design and attention to detail in creating me to know and serve You. Give me courage and wisdom to begin using the gifts and talents I have to honor You. I am Yours. Use me, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.