Have you ever felt like you didn’t have anything to offer, no talent to give? Or maybe you’ve felt like there’s nothing unique about you, nothing that makes you stand out?
If so you’re in good company. It’s a common feeling – especially in a culture that seems to only celebrate what they feel is beautiful, talented or successful – but nothing could be further from the truth.
1 Peter 4:10 says, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
Do you know what that means? You might not know it but it means you’re gifted. No one does that thing you do like you do.
Romans 12:6-8 says, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well…If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
Think about it this way. If you’re gifted at accounting and you help someone in need with his budget, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at teaching and you help tutor children after school, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at cooking and you make a dinner for a hurting friend, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at encouraging others and you call a discouraged coworker and lift their spirits, you’re using your gift. The list can go on!
The truth is not everyone is good at leadership, generosity, kindness, etc. because not everyone is gifted in the same way. If we were all gifted in the same way we wouldn’t need each other.
God has gifted you in a very special way to display his glory to the world. So use your gift well and often to serve others. You are gifted. Never take that for granted.
Zachary Elliott is the lead pastor at Fusion Christian Church located in Temecula. He can be contacted at (951) 676-8511. For more information, visit www.myfusionchurch.com.