Read: I Corinthians 12:4-11
“Each one of us has been given a special gift in proportion to what Christ has been given.” Ephesians 4:7
Many of us excuse ourselves from direct involvement in Christ’s mission and ministry (frequently misnamed Church work) because we “don’t have the necessary gifts.” Perhaps unconsciously we limit God’s spiritual gifts to such passages as Ephesians 4:11 where we are told “He gave some apostles…some, pastors and teachers”…as if these were the only “spiritually gifted” members of the church.
A careful reading of the above passage, however, plus a reading of I Corinthians 12 and 13 will convince us that the Lord has given a particular spiritual gift to each believer, no matter what his or her station in life may be.
But how are we to determine what our particular gift or gifts are? Not by sitting and waiting for some spectacular revelation. True, we are to spend time in prayer and Bible study. But ordinarily our particular gifts find expression in the fellowship of the Christian congregation or in our exposure to the world about us or both.
It is in our contact with others that we see the many needs for loving, helpful Christian service. Here we find the challenge to match our Spirit-given gifts to the pressing needs of our fellowman and to use our gifts as God directs.
It may be the need for comforting companionship for a lonely person, for intercessory prayer, for spoken witness, for a patient, understanding heart and a sympathetic ear. Or it may be the need for a leadership role in the Christian congregation or in the community or in an organized charitable endeavor.
No matter. None of us has all of God’s gifts. But all of us have some. It is up to us to recognize them as gifts of God and to employ them generously in the Savior’s service. Daily as we turn to Him, He will direct us in using our gifts and talents for His service.
Jesus reminds us: “I gave my life for you; give yourself for me.”