Making the Most of…Our Gifts

January 28, 2015 1 Comment
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Each Christmas my father-in-law tells the story when my wife and her sisters were growing up they did not have much money so he bought a .25 cent ball for one of his daughters. But when she opened the gift, she didn’t even play with the ball. She wanted to play with the box.

Christmas morning came at our house. Kids are up early. Shanna started a special breakfast, I read Luke 2 to the family, we talked about Jesus, prayed, and then it’s on. After we unwrapped the presents and picked up the paper,  I look over and Gracie, my three-year old daughter, is playing but she has no interest in the gifts she just received. Instead, she is literally playing with a bag that we had out to put the wrapping paper in.

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It illustrates a great tragedy in the church. How many people are sitting in churches today with God-given gifts that are not used for the purpose God intended? How many people in this church have been given gifts by God that are going unused for God’s kingdom? When you think about your life, do you have gifts from God that are unused or misused?

How can you make the most of your gifts?

 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

Every believer in Jesus Christ has a unique gift.

Notice the verse starts with “Each one” – as in everyone. No one is exempt. What gift do you have? Take a moment and write it down. You can find a list of various spiritual gifts in Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10. When you look at those two lists next to each other, one thing is very clear – they are different. Neither is exhaustive. Your gift may not be on either of those lists. In fact, no two gifts are identical. God has uniquely gifted each of us. No two people are gifted exactly the same. Even two people who both have the gift of encouragement or teaching or mercy will all express it differently. God has uniquely gifted each of us.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

God has uniquely gifted you to do the very works He has planned for you. I don’t need your gifts because I am not called to do your work. You don’t need my gifts because God has a different work for you to do. What is your unique gifting? How can you make the most of it?

Every gift has a use.

Each one is to use whatever gift they have been given. God did not give you gifts to make you wealthy, popular, boost your self-esteem, or prove His love for you. God already gave a gift to demonstrate His love for you. It was His Son (John 3:16). He did not give your spiritual gifts to give a special endorsement of you. God gave your spiritual gifts for the purpose of serving others.

 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

Do you want to better understand how to use your gift for the sake of others? Southbridge offers a free assessment as a starting point to help you. Take the assessment

This is only the starting point. You need to get connected to a local church and build relationships with other believers who can help you find your sweet spot. These are people who you know are on your side and want the best for you. So when they tell you that you are not good at playing the tuba, it’s not because they are jerks. It is because they want you to find your sweet spot and get busy serving there.

Every gift has a goal.

The goal of every gift is the same as the goal of everything. It is the glory of God.

 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

Can you imagine if believers were serious about using their gifts for God’s kingdom? What would happen in your church in a year? Think further than a year. What would happen if every person in your church functioned in their sweet spot and used their unique gifts for the sake of others over the next five years? How infectious could that become not just in your church but in your city?

Your friends from other churches would begin to serve at their church, and then their friends at their churches until every body of believers in your city used their God-given gifts for God’s glory.  Do you know what would happen? We would actually become the city on hill that Jesus talks about in Matthew 5. We would let our light so shine before men that they see our good works, our talents, our gifts and even non-believers would glorify our Father in heaven. We would take joy in knowing that God receives the glory. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Or we could be like my three-year old.

The gifts are all out and ready to be used. In fact, they are prepared just for us. But instead we decide to do our own thing and play with the garbage that we think is better. The great news is you get to decide.

Resources:
Watch the Making the Most Of… series online

Take the AssessMe online

More from this series:

Making the Most of…Time

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Carmen Rodriguez January 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

Thank you Pastor Scott. Great read and you gave me food for thought!

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