You Are Gifted!

Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God's words, if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11 HCSB

God has gifted every believer in several ways. Each believer has been given some talents and abilities. Some can teach, some can preach, some can sing, some can play an instrument, some have accounting abilities and can serve on the finance team, some have the ability to greet others and make them feel welcome. The list of the many ways God has gifted people seems limitless. Every person is different and has been given unique gifts and abilities from God.

God has also given each believer life experiences that often equip them for helping others in similar situations. Therefore, he or she may be able to understand and empathize with another person who is experiencing similar circumstances.

God also gives people specialized training. One may be a carpenter while another is a banker and another is a farmer. A person's learned skills can be used by God to serve His church and bring glory to Him.

I believe that God also gives each believer a passion for a certain area of ministry. Some like to work with preschoolers while others enjoy working with adults or even those with special needs. God will give each person who has a desire to serve an area of interest where he or she can best be used to minister to others.

Peter challenges us to use the gifts that God has given us to serve others. We are to be good managers of what God has given to us. Our desire should be to glorify Him through Jesus Christ.

Challenge: All of these (talents, life experiences, training, and passion) should come together to give you a clear path to a ministry opportunity where you can best be used by God to serve others and bring glory to Him.

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