What are your gifts?
Yesterday during his message, Pastor Bill spoke about the gifts (talents) each of us have been given. Now your first reaction to that sentence was probably “What gifts? What talents? I don’t have any!” But if you read
1 Corinthians 12:7 it states, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means to helping the entire church.”
Still not convinced? Do you think you aren’t “good enough” to deserve God’s blessing of a gift? In 1 Peter 4:10 we are told “God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.” Pastor Larry Ollison (The Cutting Edge / Do You Deserve What You Get?) states “God’s grace is God empowering man to do what would normally be impossible for him to do. Grace is God willingly imparting His abilities into us so that we can do what He wants done. So the next time you avoid requesting your need from the Father because you think you’re not good enough, then stop and remember this. It doesn’t matter how good you are and it doesn’t matter what you think you deserve. God’s gifts are given by grace and through faith and by His children asking according to His will with a pure heart.”
Pastor Bill mentioned that most of us, when called to do something, have all sorts of reasons why we can’t do this or that . . . we’re too old, not smart enough, not . . . I know I have said many times that I can’t speak in front of a group of people. (I hesitated to even write that, lest God says “Ok, guess what I have planned for you next!) But ask Bob and Lance if they thought they would ever be performing “The Chisel” during Sunday morning worship. I think their answer would be “no,” but if you were there that day, you know how moving their performance was.
The Bible also compares the parts of our body to the people of his church. Each part has a function to perform, just as each of us has something to offer to our (God’s) church. Jan and Stella have been blessed with musical talents. Tonia has been blessed with the gifts of enthusiasm and leading our children through music. Arnie shares his gift of financial knowledge through his service as our Treasurer. Our choir members have long shared their musical abilities with us. Lately, the choir has experienced a growth spurt as new members have joined, again sharing their musical abilities. Christy has been blessed with the gift of being a great Vacation Bible School leader. Frank and Marge’s gifts are their friendliness and enthusiasm not only for God and Plymouth, but also for life in general. Betty and Eileen are always there to lend a helping hand. There are so many others with gifts, but these are justa few that come to me as I write this.
1 Corinthians 12:20 -27 tells us that “What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you. The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.’ In fact, some of the parts that seem the weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. “
God wants us to share our gifts through service. Still aren’t sure that you have something to offer? I read somewhere “God’s command is God’s enablement. That is, if God commanded us to do something, then He will enable us to do it. “ We really all ARE part of Christ’s body and each one
of us is a separate and necessary part of it. Ask God to show you what talent of yours he wants you to put into use in this coming year. (Or start today!) No service is too small!