There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV)
On Sunday mornings when I am on my feet singing along with the praise team during the praise and worship service, I can often see myself up in the choir box praising, instead of doing it from my seat. I go back to being in the youth choir in the church I grew up in, and remember how much I enjoyed it. Then after church I am in the car singing the songs from the service…and I hear myself singing….and I realize that my praises from the pew are just fine! While God loves for us all to praise and worship Him, and He receives them, being apart of the praise team is not what He has called me to do. It’s not my gift to give!
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines (1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NIV)
Often we get caught up in what we see others doing in the church–on the front line serving as an usher, or a part of the prayer team standing down at the altar, leading Bible study classes–and we think, I could do that….or he isn’t all that great at that. We spend time wondering why pastor chose different people for different roles, and lose sight of the fact that we are all blessed with different gifts from God. All of our gifts are needed for the church to function as He intends it to. When we spend time trying to serve, and give gifts that we don’t have, we take away from God’s purpose for our lives.
Be encouraged even if you don’t yet understand your gift, and continue to pray for revelation. On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. (1 Corinthians 12:22-25 NIV) Continue to fellowship and engage with other Christians, and learn about ministries and opportunities available in your church home because it is possible someone else in the body may have the gift of discernment to recognize your gift!
Thank You for blessing me with abilities beyond what I could ever think possible. My prayer is that You will continue to impress upon me what I am called to do to build Your kingdom with the gifts You have bestowed upon me. Please forgive me for the times when I have been envious of the gifts of others, because I was focused on myself and not on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
My gifted ladies, today I EMPOWER you to use your gifts! Take time out everyday and thank God for the purpose He has for your life and the gifts He has blessed you with to carry it out!
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Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”