Every Christian follower and leader is uniquely gifted and called by God to make a significant contribution. Every one of us is a “10” at something!
Exodus 35:31,34 (ESV)
“The Lord has called by name Bezalel…and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship…and he has inspired him to teach.”
Jesus, I am stoked and motivated by this. This dude was filled with your spirit and given everything he needed to make his unique contribution. Not only was he a doer, but he was also a developer of others through his teaching.
There is no such thing as an ungifted Christian. Every follower of Jesus and leader called by him is especially and uniquely gifted to serve in the body, and through the body, of Christ.
“The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anybody else and that’s what makes you unique.” Walt Disney
Don’t try to be like somebody else, envy or emulate somebody else. There is only one you. Be yourself; everyone else is taken!
Most people have gift clusters as opposed to a single gift. The gifts of mercy, service and hospitality go together as do teaching, knowledge and wisdom. I believe that gifts of leadership and faith often hang together.
Spiritual gifts are abilities (Mt. 25:15) given to every believer in Jesus Christ (I Cor 12:7) by the Holy Spirit (I Cor 12:11) for use according to God’s grace (I Peter 4:10) in accomplishing God’s purpose in the church and in the world (Mt 28:18-20; Col 1:28,29).
Here are four principles that I have come to understand and appreciate:
- Every Believer Is a Minister
- Every Ministry Is Important
- We Are All Dependent On Each Other
- Ministry Is An Expression Of My Faith
If you email me ~ email@example.com, I will send you a free “Gift Inventory” to help you discover your unique gifting.
An inventory, along with personal experimentation and feedback from those who know you well, will help you find your place in the body of Christ and serve with joy and fruitfulness.