I am not going to hold on to my gifts
Here I am operating in my gift of teaching earlier this year at church. Thank you Elder Ron for using your gift of photography to capture this moment.
When I get a gift, I gladly receive it for myself. However this Christmas, I am left to think about my spiritual gifts and why God gave them to me. 1 Corinthians 12:7 clearly spells out that we are all given gifts to be used to build up the body of Christ. Period. He gave us these gifts so that we can give them away so to speak. Give them to build up His body. It is a beautiful thing to watch others purely operate in their gifts. It blesses me. I have grown so much and have been radically transformed as a result of the many gifts that flow through my pastor and his wife. Our praise and worship leader has been gifted with the ability to sing you right into the presence of God, lifting burdens. My good friend is a passionate intercessor and has a husband that is going forward in his gift of teaching. While I have my own gifts, I am not gifted in every way. As a member of the body of Christ, I need all of their gifts. They benefit me and has helped to encourage me to stay on the straight and narrow. We are not independent of each other, when you don’t operate in your gift, it affects me. Don’t be a weak link by not using your gift.
I don’t have to be jealous of your gift nor do you have to be jealous of mine. We are not competing, we compliment each other. All of our gifts are valued and needed for the building up of the church.
Don’t let timidity hold you back from flowing in your gift. Get over yourself. Remember this is not about you. And whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of comparing your gifts to others. Use what God has given you in the way He has given it to you, then and only then will it be effective. You don’t have to be anyone’s carbon copy, that was never God’s intention when He created and gifted you. I am catching a hold of this revelation and let me tell you it’s so liberating. I am seeing God’s power manifest in me at a grater level and in turn others are blessed.
At all cost avoid getting caught up in using your gift to try to show how special and deep you are, again this is not about you. It is not a performance. Don’t let pride pollute and hinder your gift. On the other hand when others make mention of your gift don’t try to dumb it down in an effort to appear humble. I love reading Paul’s epistles because he confidently speaks of how God has gifted him and he gives God all the glory. He doesn’t brag on himself, he brags on God, how about that for a different perspective. Be confident, be bold!
Take time to perfect the gifts God has given you. The best way to do this is by spending time in prayer and the word. Reading other spiritual resources grounded in biblical principles can be helpful but make sure it’s not taking away from you reading the most important book, the bible. In the same vein, speaking to others who have similar gifts is good but don’t let that take the place of speaking to the giver of the gift in prayer.
One of my gifts is teaching. While I have had formal training to be a teacher. More training came in the school of surrender and trials; these two schools have caused my gift to be perfected! When I get up to speak or when I write I am confident that I have something worth hearing. Why? I have made up my mind to be a student of the greatest teacher and submit to His will, even the less than glamorous parts.
You can find a list of some of the gifts in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. What are your gifts? Don’t know? Ask God, He really is not trying to keep it a secret from you. If you do know your gifts, don’t hold on to them, remember they are not for you. Be Blessed!
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!