Sunday, December 5, 2010

You've Got A Gift So Use It!

"For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering…."
Romans 12:4-7

Yesterday we shared a meal, and showed a little appreciation to some of our volunteers here at our church. We shared this scripture and talked about God's master plan to connect us together through our work for Him. This verse reminds us that although there are many members in the Body of Christ—and even many members here in our local church—we are all unique. Did you know that there is no one on the planet just like you? You are one of a kind, and the really cool news is that God Himself has graced us each with gifts that are different, yet they complement one another.

Did you notice near the end of this passage that it encourages us to "use" the gifts that we've been given? You see, we get to tap into the grace of God every time we choose to use our gifts. Just think about that, you get the opportunity to connect with the grace of God every time put those gifts He has given you into action and serve others. But don't ever forget, those gifts that God has graced us with are not for us, but for others.

But what about the people who never use their gifts? They never serve, they never reach out to others, and they only live for themselves. And, there are a lot of people in this category. Well, the sad news is that they miss out on experiencing all that God has in store for them. He's the One who gives the grace, He's the One who gives the gifts, but we're the ones who are supposed to use them, and if we don't…we lose, and the people around us lose. In First Peter 4:10, we're encouraged to share what God has given us:

"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

So, what are you doing today to use the gifts that God has given to you? Don't let your gift sit dormant. I bet you already know what you're gifted to do, so just do it. Put your gift, whatever it may be, into practice; begin to rely on the grace of God working through you to make a positive difference to the people around you. So, by faith, use your gifts to the glory of God, and let Him shine through you today.



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