In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. 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 you are a teacher, teach 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
Thanks to Mark Foland’s “Outside the Box” series these past two Sundays, I actually completed the Spiritual Gifts Assessment. (You can, too by going HERE). It was like taking a pop quiz on the things God has blessed me with.
My Top 3 are encouragement, faith and intercession. But the assessment goes deeper than a list of personal presents from God. It offers Scripture references for each gift, describes characteristics of people who have each gift, and suggests ways the gifts can be used. In other words, it’s an interesting and useful tool.
It’s also pretty simple.
Mark was spot on with his observation that we overcomplicate God’s call on our lives. At least that’s true of me. I often get stuck in “analysis paralysis” and refuse to move. In taking this assessment, I realized that I’m actually using my Top 3 right now. Encouragement, faith and intercession all come into play in premarital mentoring, which I get to do with my husband, and in serving as a coach in the women’s ministry at PC3.
The thing is, I didn’t clearly know my gifts before signing up for those things. I tried other service opportunities that were not a great fit for me. I’m still glad I tried them, because they gave me practice in venturing beyond my little self-centered world— a place I still retreat to often. But it is getting easier to step out, especially because when I’m “outside the box” I feel more useful to God.
And that’s what it’s all about. If God chooses to give us gifts, who are we not to open them? Those of us who are Christians really have no excuses. Do we want to get to the end of our lives only to find a bunch of pretty, unopened packages marked “To You, From God”?
We don’t have to leave our gifts untouched out of fear or laziness or selfishness. Christ meets us right where we are, stuck in our hesitation, so that we can meet others where they are. He bridges the gap, and He is the best gift of all.
- If you haven’t taken the Spiritual Gifts Assessment yet, what’s holding you back?
- If you have taken it, what is one way you can use one of your top gifts in the next week? (Remember, don’t overthink it!)
Dear Father in Heaven, You are the great Giver. Help us all to realize our spiritual gifts, not just in an awareness sense, but in a let’s-make-this-REAL sense. You are real, our gifts are real, other people’s needs are real. Work in us and through us to make a real difference. All to the glory of Your Son, who died and rose again for us. Amen.
PC3 writer Katy Davis wrote today’s devotional.