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Using the Gifts God Has Given You

If God has gifted you to write, write! You don't need a book deal to have an impact with your writing. The same is true with other dreams ... sing, create, teach, paint, develop — use your gifts right where you are to bless others -- Lysa TerKeurst

I had been thinking about this very concept lately, when a friend of mine posted the above quote on her Facebook status.

Sometimes when we see others that are good at something we are not good at, it can be tempting to become jealous, or even depressed. "Why can't I be a better speaker? Why am I no good at photography? Why is it so hard for me to relate to children/teens/widows? She is so good at teaching Sunday school. Why can't I be more like her?"

I think this is a snare from Satan, who doesn't want us to use the gifts that God has given us. Satan wants us to be so busy focusing on what gifts we don't have, that we don't use the gifts we do have.

The scriptures tell us:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord...For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body...Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12)

This is good news! We don't have to have the same strengths as anyone else. We can still be part of Christ's body with unique gifts.

I don't need to feel depressed because I can not participate in the mission trips to Cambodia that our church organizes. My mission field is in my own home. I am using my gifts right where I am.

Conversely, if you are an "empty nester" you can use your gifts in Cambodia, if you feel called to do that. And you can do that with the confidence that your gifts may not look the same as the gifts of any of your friends.

We see again:

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ...from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. (Ephesians 4)

We are to use our gifts for the building up of Christ's church in love as a unified body. Unified in love, not unified by talents and strengths that look the same.

If you are a stay at home mom, use your gifts to bless your family. If you work downtown and have close contact with the homeless, use your gifts to bless them for the purpose of building up the church.

Use the gifts God has given you, right where you are, without regrets that you do not have the same gifts you see around you.

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  1. But why can’t got spell out what our gifts are a bit better, instead of leaving us flailing and failing?

    • I believe God does spell them out. Just sometimes we don’t see them for the gifts they are instead of what we want them to be.

      Make a list of things you do. Think of the things you get complimented or praised for (even from your kids). Think about the things people call upon you to do because they recognize your talent or they wouldn’t call upon you to do it.

      We all have God-given talents. We are all unique.

    • My husband has always counseled people this way: Walk with the Lord day by day. When you’re walking in the Spirit, you WILL be performing in your spiritual gifts because what will come out is spiritual fruit. I believe gifts aren’t spelled out on purpose. Because then we would start to take the credit for MY gift. God can more easily use a “floundering”vessel who has to fully depend on Him, than a proud Christian who “knows how to do things.” Just my two cents!

  2. *grumble* Always reread before posting. That was supposed to be why can’t God spell out what our gifts are a bit better….

  3. This is very true. We all have different talents yet it is our human tendency to look at what we AREN’T good at rather than what we ARE good at. I find that if you focus on the positives in life rather than the negatives, you are not only happier but much more productive. Thanks for sharing this message!

  4. AMEN!
    Your wise words also speak to being content. Thank you for speaking out today, I needed to hear this message – again!

  5. Very good post! I think our gifts are plainly visible, we just sometimes do not see them for what they are. It’s so easy to get caught up in “gift envy” that we ignore what we can do.

  6. This doesn’t have much to do with this post but I needed somewhere that a lot of people would read this. This is about a ministry that I heard about yesterday. This ministry is called The Father’s Heart and it is an orphanage that takes in Indian children. My husband and mother in law have told me that in Brazil there is a superstition that babies born with any defect, even twins, are a curse (or something like that) and they are buried alive. This family started this orphanage in their family home just to get it started. In the first seven months of operation they have taken in a total of 23 children and several have been adopted and they currently have fifteen now. Due to government restrictions they are not suppossed to have more then 10 but they are allowed 15 because there are no other options. They say the things they need people to pray for are:
    1. For courage for the Indians to give us their children instead of killing them.
    2. Funds to support this ministry.
    3. More full-time missionaries to join us.
    4. Larger facilities.
    5. Two vehicles here in Brazil, one for our family and one for the ministry.
    Immediatly after reading this letter my heart went out to these precious little babies and I just wanted to post this comment hoping someone would read this and pray for them!!
    You can donate by going to Global Outreach Mission’s website and select The Father’s Heart when you are filling out the form

  7. Holly, I love this reminder to use the special gifts God has given to serve His purpose. I am so glad I met you – you are very special and some of your gifts of sweetness, encouragement, and writing have already touched me!

  8. Antoinette says:

    Hi, this post is very helpful. I know what my gifts are but how do i tap into them. I’ve prayed and asked Jesus to help me but I feel like its just not time to use them or maybe I need to grow some more.