We all have gifts.
If you don’t believe that, ask someone you trust, someone who you KNOW loves you, what gifts they have seen in you.
You’ll discover the truth.
And I’m not only talking about spiritual gifts, as you might expect on this blog, I’m talking also of things like a knack for numbers or an ear for music, those things that come easy for you and not for others.
Gifts are cool things to have and we should use them to their maximum, for our pleasure (which gives God glory), and for the blessing and enjoyment of others.
But our gifts can become liabilities.
It happens when we…
- Define ourselves by them.
- Make excuses for our behavior because of them.
- Allow them to pigeon-hole us into a state of non-growth.
- Limit our activity to the realms in which our gifts operate.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.