Living Life God's Way 3/31/2004: Gifts and Talents
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Understanding is knowing what to do; wisdom is knowing
what to do next; virtue is actually doing it.
Using Our Gifts and Talents
To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common
1 Corinthians 12:7
After I taught a class on spiritual gifts, a young man came to me
and asked, "Is my gift prophecy or exhortation?"
Knowing him very well, I was careful as I responded, "I don't think
either one is your gift. But if I have ever known someone who has the
gift of helps, you're it. You're sensitive to the needs of other people
and are always ready to help."
A look of disappointment came over his face. "I knew it!" he
responded. Struggling with a low self image, he was pursuing what he
wrongly perceived to be a greater gift. You will never be fulfilled
trying to become something you are not.
God hasn't distributed gifts and talents equally, and for that
reason alone we can be assured that our sense of self worth isn't to be
based on what we do. Our self acceptance comes from our identity in
Christ and our growth in character. Show me someone who understands who
he is as a child of God and whose character exemplifies the fruit of the
Spirit, and I will show you someone with a healthy self image.
Every child of God has the same identity in Christ and opportunity
to grow. When our identity is firmly established and we have matured to
the point where the fruit of the Spirit is evident, we will feel
fulfilled when we use our gifts and talents to edify others.
God has known us from the foundation of the world. He has entrusted
us with certain life endowments. He will certainly lead us in a way that
makes us use our gifts and talents. It is our responsibility to take
advantage of every opportunity as it arrives. Tragically, many people go
to the grave with their music still in them, never contributing to the
symphony of God's work. They never realize their potential nor have
taken the risks that faith requires. They hang onto the security of the
tree trunk, but the fruit is always on the end of the limb.
Lord, I don't want to go the grave without having accomplished my
purpose. Use my gifts and talents to glorify You and edify others,
Nail Anderson's Daily in Christ; 11/18/2003
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