Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Who, Me?

Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.“I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship.

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 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.
Without question, If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are spiritually gifted. The question that everyone asks is, "What is my gift?"  And the answer is, "They vary."  In the Old Testament, we read of men who were gifted to be prophets. Others ruled with intelligence and wisdom. Others were administrators in a kingdom. Some were builders. Some were "wise men," and some were judges. Many were musicians and poets. Some were talented businessmen.  All these were the gifts of God to these people, both enhancing and adding to their natural gifts, so that with God's power, they were MORE than with just their own talents. So it is with you.  You may be an artist, a businessperson, a salesman, an evangelist, a helper, a support person in your work or church.  Whatever you do well, with God's help, these are your gifts. There are "church gifts," things that are especially needed in the church, and "outside church gifts," things that are needed to conduct your life outside the church.  These two sets of gifts are always interrelated, so that a man who writes for God is also a "good writer," and may make his living with that skill.  Same with business.  A woman who is a talented organizer may very well be involved in organizing things in her church, and her business life may involve directing people. These are all both spiritual gifts and natural gifts, and they have "crossover."  In addition, there are some gifts that have little relationship to our natural lives--prophecy, for example, or the gifts of miraculous healing. For these, the recipient often just "finds out" about them accidentally, or the Lord says, "This is what I want you to do..." and he does it, and in the doing, finds his gift.  You undoubtedly have more than one gift, more than one special talent. God has given you to use for Him.  It is not so much your job to find those things, as just to allow God to direct your life so that the natural course of your life reflects the will of God, and to obey God when He commands you to do something.