Using Your God Given Gifts to Serve Him
Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.
—1 Timothy 4:14 NLT
GIFTED FOR A REASON
Skills, personality traits, and aptitudes are the fibers God used when He knit us together in the womb (Psalm 139:13). Oftentimes, the talents we’ve been given are key to understanding the vision God has for us. And when we’re not working in the areas of our giftedness, it can be a main reason for the unhappiness that comes from missing the vision God has for you. The happiness so many find elusive lies in knowing the One who made you, using the unique gifts and talents He gave you, and fulfilling the purpose He had in mind when He gave you the gifts in the first place.
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR GOD GIVEN TALENTS
Once you’ve identified your gifts and talents, you’ll want to put them to use in the way God intended. I’ve distilled the many possible factors regarding giftedness into eight practices that encompass pretty much everything you need to think about in determining how God wants to use you.
Pray, and ask God to reveal His vision for the use of your unique gifts and talents.
Consider the most motivating and lively interests you have.
Weigh heavily any special concern or passion on behalf of others that God has given you.
Bear in mind the direction your academic and technical training has pointed you.
Evaluate the doors of service opportunity open to you.
Think about the encouragement, counsel, and reinforcement you have received from others.
Reflect on the roles and jobs that have given you the greatest sense of satisfaction and gratification.
Acknowledge that the Spirit of God may lead you into a venture for which you are not “best qualified.” God may want to challenge you to do something that means you will not be operating in your own strength, so you have to rely on His strength to get the job done.
TURNING YOUR GOD GIVEN TALENTS INTO SKILLS
Our gifts develop as we use them. Both education and on-the-job training can improve the skills that leverage your natural abilities. In fact, practicing and persevering with your God given talents is one key to success in the vision He has for you. Below are eight straightforward, doable guidelines for growing your gifts:
Be a learner.
Seek more responsibility.
Avoid the “settle for” mentality.
Focus on the big picture.
Be a trainer, not just a manager.
Develop and maintain balance in your life.
Always make it on your own merits.
Commit to applying biblical principles of personal ethics.
Above all, it’s important to make sure you see how your gifts and talents fit into the building of God’s kingdom. The more committed you are to God’s work in the world, the more fulfilling it will be when you put your God given gifts and talents to Work.
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