What is Your Gift?
You’d be surprised how many people I encounter who truly believe they have no special talent or gift. I can’t believe that’s true at all! I want to set the record straight. You DO have a gift! You’re believing a lie if you think there is nothing special about you.
For starters, you were created in the image of God. (Gen. 1:27) God is perfect, and He doesn’t make mistakes. Matt 5:48 says, “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Deuteronomy 32:4 says that His work is perfect. You are His work. He did not mess up when He made you. You are no accident, and it’s no accident that you’re on the earth at this time in history.
1 Peter 4:10 says, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” This verse says God has given — as in past tense, already gave — you a spiritual gift. The Bible is true, in its entirety. If we only believe bits and pieces… well I’ll save that for another post. Suffice to say, this verse is true. God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19). Therefore, it’s true that God has given you a spiritual gift. Therefore, it’s more accurate to say that you aren’t yet aware what your gift is … not that you lack one.
A lot of times, we see someone on the stage using their giftings during a church service, and we unintentionally compare our gift to the one on stage. Unfortunately, ours might not be as developed (or even realized at that moment), and we come to the conclusion that we have no gift. This is mistake number one! We can’t compare ourselves to anyone else. We don’t know the road they travelled to get there, and we don’t know that our road won’t lead there either. God is the road builder. We have to walk it out in faith and trust Him to lead.
Ok, so I’m building my case here. I’ve established that you do indeed have a gift, and that your gift cannot compare with anyone else’s. So how do you find out what your gift is? It’s a lot easier than you’d think. I’m going to state the obvious: pray, read your Bible and spend time with God, so that your ear is tuned into what He’s speaking to you. …And the not so obvious: you probably already know. WHAT?! Ok, now collect yourself, and hear me out. You have tendencies and personality traits that lend you towards being better at some things than others. You might be a really good listener. You might be really good at showing compassion when someone is hurting. You might know exactly how to take charge in an emergency. You might be a natural leader. You might be really good at praying for people. Your gift might never land you on a stage, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.
You are special to God, and beyond that, you have a part to play in God’s Kingdom here on the earth. You are part of the body of Christ, and whether or not your gift gets you in front of two people or two million people, God gave it to you to use and make the most of it. My goal is to leave this life with nothing left to give. You can’t take anything with you. And you can only take with you the things you did — things you don’t do get buried in the ground like the bad servant’s talent in Matthew 25 (obviously in the story, it’s a coin, but it really represents the thing that God gave you). So don’t leave anything stowed away inside, unused, untouched. God gave it to you so you can help others, inspire, make a difference. If you keep it hidden, it does no one any good, and it’s wasted and buried. When we meet eternity, you’re going to wish you had done something with it. You gotta let your light shine.
Think of yourself as a paper lunch sack. Ok, I know it’s not great, but it’s the illustration my mind went to. It’s not much to look at on the outside, but maybe your dad packed something extra special inside… like vanilla Zingers, or your favorite sandwich or snack. If you knew that pitiful brown paper bag held something really good inside, then you could hardly stand the wait until lunch time to open it up and get what’s inside. That’s how it is with you. There is something special, even powerful inside of every believer — including you — and it’s time to let it out and shine for all the world to see!
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12 and 1 Corinthians 14 that God gives us all spiritual gifts — we all have a special part to play in the body of Christ — and it’s good to desire gifts and better gifts from God. God gives the desires of your heart that He placed within you! Desire for your spiritual gift to be awakened and it will happen! Read 1 Corinthians chapters 12, and 14 for yourself and see!
It’s time to start developing the gifts God gave you. We are nearing the end, people, and it’s time to get serious about your relationship with God and what He wants you to do with your life. Start taking the steps you can take and God will grow you in it. If you’re gift is teaching, start teaching. If your gift is preaching, start preaching. If it’s prophecy, start prophesying. If it’s listening well, or showing compassion, start doing those things! If you’re waiting for a title, a platform, or an opportunity to be on stage, before you start using your gift, then it will never happen. You have to start somewhere before you can get to that elevated place — and it’s best to start now! Start stepping out in faith, doing what you know to do. Read your Bible, pray, spend more time with God. Ask Him to help you develop your gifts. It will all come together, but you have to take that first step. Stop being afraid, and stop believing the lie that you don’t have a gift.
Let me know what you think! Is this an area in which you’ve held back?