Each of us has been given a gift from God; maybe even more than one gift. God doesn’t make mistakes in handing out gifts, nor does He revoke the gifts He has given. (Romans 11:29)
It took me a long time to accept the gift God has given me which is to write, but I can tell you without a doubt that when I write I have a sense of purpose and joy. The more I use this gift from God the more I learn and grow. I pray regularly that God’s Spirit will lead me and guide me to write what He impresses upon my heart. I pray that He uses my gift for His purpose.
So, how about you? What gift(s) have you been given by God? Are you gifted in hospitality? If so, pray for opportunities to open your home or your life up to those who need fellowship and love. Perhaps you are gifted in the area of prayer. Ask God who it is you can pray for each day (Pr 15:29). Maybe you have been gifted with the voice of an angel. Pray that God uses His gift of singing in your life to bless and reach others.
There are countless gifts which God gives to us. The point is, if you do not know for sure what your gift is, ask God and He will reveal it to you. Also, I want to urge you to accept the encouragement you may receive from another believer when they speak to you about the gift(s) they see God has given to you. Each of us has our own gift from God; it may not be the same as someone else’s gift (1Cor 7:7). My prayer for you and for me is that we each use the gift(s) we have been given in order to glorify God and to bless others (and ourselves).
Sometimes we are afraid to use our gift(s). What if we are not accepted for what we say or do? What if we make ourselves vulnerable by opening our hearts to others, using the gifts we have been given, and we end up rejected and hurt? God’s Word tells us that even Jesus was rejected (Act 4:11, Lk 17:25, Is 53:3). But the Word also tells us to, “cast all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]” 1Pe 5:7 (AMP)
God does not make mistakes in giving gifts to His people. When we use those gifts, trusting in Him to bring glory to Him through our gift(s), He then blesses us by developing our gift(s) even further. Is it scary to put ourselves “out there”? Sometimes. Do we open ourselves up to criticism or rejection? Absolutely. But how much more was Christ vulnerable to a society who hated Him? How much more was He mocked, laughed at and rejected?
My prayer for you and for me is this: “Heavenly Father, reveal to me today the gift(s) You have chosen specifically for me. Lord, encourage me through Your Spirit to use the gift(s) for Your glory. I cast aside fear in using the gift(s) from You because I know that fear is not from You, Father. I offer my life to You, Lord. Use me daily through the gift(s) You have lovingly blessed me with. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner