For those that don’t already know, I am teaming on the upcoming Chrysalis flight in March. (For more information on Chrysalis, go to: http://www.upperroom.org/chrysalis/) In preparation for the weekend, we are meeting weekly at a local church. This past Friday was our first one. The fellowship was great and I am anxious to get to know the other members of the team. I cannot wait to see how God works in each person throughout this experience.
In our Chapel moment that evening we were each asked the following questions, “Why do you feel called to be a part of this Chrysalis team?” “Where is your relationship with Christ at this point in your life?” and “What gifts do you feel you can offer to this team?”
Everyone answered question one and two without hesitation. However, I found it ‘funny’ that no one answered the last question (including me). Why is it that when people are asked to talk about the gifts God has blessed them with that people jump around the question like it’s the black plague. And if you think about it, this happens a lot. When you’re interviewing for a job and are asked your three strengths and weaknesses, you can usually think of a weakness or two right away, but we stumble around when thinking of a true strength. Is it because we aren’t that confident in our strengths? Or maybe it is that just because we think it’s a strength of ours that maybe others wouldn’t agree?
God has given all of us gifts. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” If you resist the urge that God is placing upon your heart to make full use of the gifts and calling He has given you; others will pay the price of not receiving that which you were given to bless them. Each one of us are here on earth for a reason. If every person was blessed with the same gifts, we all wouldn’t be needed. When we all come together with our spiritual gifts to build up the kingdom of God, we are serving God faithfully. We use our gifts so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. Jesus is glorified as we use His gifts because they are all aspects of God’s grace.
Maybe you don’t know what you’re spiritual gifts are or you’re questioning what you once thought were your spiritual gifts. I’m sure your pastor has a copy of a Spiritual Gifts test that you can take and then analyze yourself. Or you can find one on the Internet like this one: http://www.kodachrome.org/spiritgift/ I have not used that test, so I don’t know how accurate it is but it does seem similar to the one I took a couple years ago through my church.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us. If a man’s gift is prophesying let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if its contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8
Once you find out what your God-given gifts are, go and use them. Spread the joy of knowing and serve God with a joyful heart. Use those gifts at your church, in your relationships, at work/school..everywhere. God is calling you to use those gifts and everyone around you will benefit when you choose to follow.