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Discover and use the gift God gave you

 

Discover and use the gift God gave you

The Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy, ‘Rekindle the gift of God that is within you!’ (2 Tim 1:6). In 1 Cor. 12:11, we read, ‘He gives them (gifts) to each man (person)’.

We are exceptional!

Each of us is unique and irreproducible. In the entire world, there is no one who looks exactly like us, who thinks our thoughts, or who feels our feelings.

There is no other believer in the world that is equipped and gifted like us. The body of Christ needs us and the gifts that the Holy Spirit has uniquely given us. Once we become fully aware that God Himself has uniquely equipped us with spiritual gifts, and that He has strategically placed us exactly where He wants us in order to use those gifts, then we enter a whole new dimension of exciting possibilities!

We are the instruments of the Divine plan

In the entire world there is no experience more satisfying and fulfilling than to realize that we have been the instruments of the Divine plan, which God is working out in the world, in human history, and in the lives of the people around us. Such an experience awaits any true believer who is willing to discover and use the spiritual gifts, which God has given.

Three important remarks

1. Discovery!

Discovering our spiritual gifts is not something we do by taking a self-test, like one of those true-or-false quizzes in a magazine. Discovering our spiritual gifts takes time, thought, prayer and careful study of the Scriptures. It also takes interaction with other believers. Above all, it requires that we submit ourselves to the authority of the Head of the body, the Lord Jesus Christ, who reserves for Himself the right to coordinate and direct its activities.

2. Spiritual gift is not the same as a natural talent

One common area of confusion is that a spiritual gift is not the same as a natural talent. It is true that talents such as musical ability, artistic skills, athletic coordination are also gifts from God. However they are not spiritual gifts. They are gifts on a physical or social level only, given to benefit mankind in the natural realm.

3. Spiritual gifts are given to benefit mankind and the church

Spiritual gifts are given by God to benefit mankind and the church in the realm of the Spirit, the realm of an individual’s relationship to God. Since the spirit is the most fundamental part of our being, from which all other relationships flow, it is clear that the exercise of spiritual gifts operates at the deepest level of our existence. Talents, obviously, are distributed to men and women quite apart from any reference to their spiritual condition. Nonbelievers as well as believers have talents, and both can find many opportunities for useful expression of their talents in both religious and secular ways. Only believers have spiritual gifts, because these gifts are given only to those in whom the Spirit of Christ has come to dwell.

How do we discover our spiritual gifts?

Discovering our gift from God is one of the greatest things in our Christian life. It can give our service a new direction. It can give us a new confidence and appreciation for the way God made us.

The Lord Jesus said it was His constant delight to do the will of the One who sent Him. The Father’s gift awakened His own desire and He went about doing what He intensely enjoyed doing.

We need to remember that the gift was not given to us for our own personal advancement, but as a means to spiritually enrich us and others. As the Apostle Paul reminds us, ‘to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.’ (1 Cor. 12:7).

1. Ask God to reveal your gift. Study the biblical lists of gifts.

2. Be a servant. All spiritual gifts are specifically about giving of ourselves to others.

3. Start with the gifts you most feel drawn toward. Give it time. Be patient!

4. Be open to God’s leading. Don’t look for a gift that you think you want. Do not reject the gift that you do not want. Do not use the gift that you do not have!

5. Ask trusted Christian leaders and friends to tell you what gifts they see in you. God can use them!

6. Gifts need to be exercised. Practice tends to help us be more effective in using our gift. Young Timothy received encouragement: ‘Rekindle the gift of God that is within you!’ (2 Tim. 1:6).

7. Do not compete while using God’s gifts! No believer needs to be the rival of any other. There is a place for all of us in the body of Christ. No one can take another Christian’s place.

Avoid an approach of saying ‘There is nothing that I can do!’

‘If the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, 'Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,' that would not make it any less a part of the body.’ (1 Cor. 12:15-16). This completely destroys the argument of the Christian who says, There’s nothing I can do; others have gifts and abilities but since I can’t do what they do I must not be of much use in the church. ‘But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose.’ (1 Cor. 12:18).

Avoid an approach of arrogance or self-sufficiency!

‘The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you.' Nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require.’ (1 Cor. 12:21-24).

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

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