Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God

How to use the gift

In Christian circles we often talk about ‘spiritual gifts’ – the God-given talents and strengths unique to us. It can be a wonderful exercise to explore and discover what they are, and to seek God’s help in using them as part of our life’s calling and His plan.

The idea of gifts comes from Bible passages such as these:

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” (I Corinthians 12:4-6)

“From him [God] the whole body [the church] grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.” (Ephesians 4:16)

“…so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another. And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us.” (Romans 12:5-6)

It’s a great concept, each of us working together for the common good, using the gifts we’ve been given to bring honour and glory to our God. Living the life of love that God intended us to live, together, and following His calling.

But do you ever feel that your gifts (if in fact you’ve identified them) are more a burden than a blessing? By that I mean that instead of connecting with them and turning them into action, you’re feeling the guilt or annoyance of letting them slide… allowing your life to go in a different direction to what you intended?

Sometimes the Holy Spirit urges us out of such frustrations, and we end up discovering what our heart was yearning for.

And other times we allow Satan to tempt us away from the calling God planted in our hearts.

I think often we miss seeing the ‘gift’ of the season we’re currently in, whether it’s parenthood, full-time employment or school. God can use us wherever we are, and we need not be limited by any period of our life. If God wants us to do something, He will carry out His will while providing for us and our current needs.

But gifts can’t be forced into use. If we don’t recognise that our greatest ‘gift’ is in fact the person of Jesus, the one sent to save us and to walk beside us, guiding us every step of the way… then we won’t desire to explore the will of God. To seek His guidance as to where to place our energies and our love.

May we take His hand first. Then allow Him to give us strategies for moving forward in the gifts and calling only He can plant inside of us. And may we rest – not strive – in the knowledge that He will give us the strength, wisdom and power to carry out His will within the length of our days.

* With thanks to everydaychristian.com
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15 thoughts on “How to use the gift

  1. Insightful post, Ali. And a good reminder to STAY in the current moment, giving our all wherever we find ourselves, for the glory of God. Love this quote…

    I think often we miss seeing the ‘gift’ of the season we’re currently in, whether it’s parenthood, full-time employment or school. God can use us wherever we are, and we need not be limited by any period of our life. If God wants us to do something, He will carry out His will while providing for us and our current needs.

    1. Amen Sheila! Thank you, may you and Michael keep living alert to His loving voice as you put your trust in Him for the season you’re currently in. Thank you for reading and being such a blessing!

  2. This really spoke to me Ali! Thank you so much for using one of your gifts right here, right now. I think the part that stood out to me is the season part. It might be the ‘season’ for one gift over another. Praying to stay close enough to Him to know what is what. God bless you as you help us serve and love Him more!

    1. Thank you Debbie! I’m so glad.. There is a time for everything isn’t there, and every purpose under heaven. May you keep resting in His guidance, every day/hour/minute as you continue in your beautiful gifts.

  3. I agree that we often don’t recognize our gift for the season we are in. This stuck with me because much of the time, I don’t have a strong sense of what gift(s) I have or whether I’m living God’s plan or my own. Then again, maybe it’s not for me to know, but for me to just pray and trust.

    1. It can be ambiguous but it can help just to ask God (or friends) to confirm/reveal:encourage us in our gifts. And yes some are for another season. May He speak to you in this area.
      We certainly know God is using you amazingly in the blogging world!

  4. It is easy to get caught up in ‘why me’ instead of using every experience and situation to learn from and use our gifts. Life is hard, but God is bigger than anything we are going through. Nice reminder!

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