Monday, June 28, 2010

Gifts and Talents

To this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that you should follow in His footsteps. I Peter 2:21. We are in the world, but not of the world. We who have been called by God to become who we are meant to be in Christ. It is up to us to decide whether or not we will answer the call. God has created and called you to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth. He has a plan for your life and if you answer His call to growth and service, He will help you become the person He created you to be.
We are unique individuals. There is no else like you. Each of us have our own styles and personalities, quirks and preferences. God has called us to bring our unique combination of gifts and talents to a higher purpose. We are called to be like Christ. Sometimes, we allow ourselves to get squeezed in to the world’s mold. That, sometimes being the easy way to exist. We are not called to be like the world. You are called to be different, not because of what you do or do not do, but because of who you are and in who you believe. God wants us to be creative with our gifts and talents to make the world a better place, to be compassionate, to help one another by being the hands of God in a hurting world, to be conscientious to do the best you can by trusting God with the rest, and to be committed and willing to stand for the truth even when the crowd wants you to lie.
Every time that you make an important decision, remember that God has called you. Think about it, will your decision serve the highest good? Remind yourself that you are someone special in God’s eyes, called to a unique and wonderful path of growth and service.
It is not what we do that matters, but what a sovereign God chooses to do through us.
Sometimes in our dysfunction, we cannot see ourselves as worthy vessels or useful to God. One thing to remember, we were created to love God and each other and to serve. God has committed some work to you which He has not committed to another. Romans 11:29 - The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
What is keeping you from saying yes to God’s call on your life? Are you being open and creative or dwelling on “ I’m not good at that” “ They do it better than me.” How are you going to know what you are good at if you are not praying for God to show you or even trying? Learn to be open and responsive to those “nudgings” from God. Seek God’s highest good in all situations. Are you doing your best and trusting God with all the rest?
Could your calling be at stake? What insecurities or shortcomings are holding you back? The way we behave overwhelmingly flows from what we deeply believe. God’s specialty is raising dead things to life, and making impossible things possible. We were created for commitment. Expect to change and to grow -- to do new things. Don’t hold on to all the things that you have a knack to do -- thinking it is silly or doesn’t mean anything. How will you know unless you are willing to try? You will never know if it will bless someone, cause joy and laughter, even peace and comfort to another unless you at least try. I will never sing like an angel, but the voice I do have can be used to honor and glorify my Savior. So if you happen to be sitting by me while I am singing, it is ok to laugh, or to even get up and move somewhere else but my heart tells me to be brave and to make a joyous noise.
Father: We are all called to serve in some way and to use the gifts that You have given us. Give us a heart like yours. Help us not to be timid or shy or think that we are not good enough. Help us to be sensitive to Your “nudging” and step out in faith to share what we have.
As you start the week, begin to pray asking God to show You your gifts and talents, then be brave enough to step out and use them for His glory & honor. Have a blessed week.
Janice Encourager Coach-Team
Fellowship Bible Church Rogers, AR
For more info on CR, contact Rodney @ 479-659-3679
or roholmstrom@fellowshipnwa.org

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