Exercising Spiritual Gifts

I love art. Like a lot. Modern and contemporary art are my favorites actually. I’ve dragged my family to museums all over the place so I can see all the beautiful pieces that exist. Something that always strikes me is how different each work can be. Even though they might all be considered modern, each piece utilizes a different sized canvas, different paint, a variety of colors, and styles. Each is beautiful in their own right.

 

I think people are a little like that. Some of us are bold and colorful and complex. Others are simple but meaningful. There are endless varieties in between as well.

 

“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:4-8

 

The body of Christ is so crazy diverse. And it’s meant to be that way! Scripture says we are the Lord’s workmanship. He has crafted each of us individually the way He wishes. Our bodies, muscles, abilities, talents, and personalities are all His work. He specifically created you for a certain life. He gave you abilities to love those around you in just the right way.

 

I see you.

 

I see you leaders out there. You’re great with people and cool under pressure. I challenge you to lead with humility and grace.

 

I see the teachers who can communicate with clarity and wisdom. Teach my friends! Teach your friends and disciple those around you.

 

I see y’all with the huge servant hearts! Y’all are beautiful. Thank you for your self-sacrifice. Know that you are so appreciated and all your behind the scenes work that doesn’t get recognized? God sees. He loves it.

 

The bold? You’re loved. The meek? You’re loved. The discerning? You’re loved. The creative? You’re loved.

 

I could go on and on, my friends. God has gifted you with a specific set of strengths that build up and diversify His family. We are all beautiful! Celebrate what He has given you!

 

One of the most painful things I see (and experience) is wishing for something different. When we think, “I wish I was like her,” or “I just want to be him,” we spurn how God has designed us. Please recognize how God has created you and how good it is.

 

If you don’t know how you’re gifted, ask the godly people in your life to help you discern that. There are tons of quizzes you can take and while those are sometimes helpful, the most accurate evaluation has come from the people who surround me, in my experience. The wise ones in my life have seen my strengths and encouraged me in them. They have also seen my weaknesses and gently encouraged me to grow.

 

Personally? I’m an exhorter. I love to encourage and build up others in Christ. I feel immense joy in that. I love showing mercy and kindness. My heart beats for others. Teaching and disciplining is another passion of mine. All of these things God placed in my life and has fostered. They are natural to an extent and I am most useful when I utilize those gifts.

 

On the flip side, I know I am not discerning. I am the most guidable person on the planet and struggle to see past lies. I am often quiet instead of being loud. I shut down when I’m not directly encouraged. I let fear rule often instead of the Lord. Leadership is big and slightly scary to me.

 

Those things don’t come naturally to me. I still exercise those gifts and work towards them but I do so with awareness that I am weak in those areas. That knowledge equips me to set goals and strive. Because I know my weaknesses, I can actively work towards growth in those areas. I also communicate my weaknesses to the people close to me. That helps them know how to love and encourage me. I also give them permission to call me out in my failures. That accountability is so incredible and if you haven’t experienced it yet, I so encourage you to. We are so much better when we strive together than apart.

 

My sweet mom shared with me this quote from Charles Spurgeon, “God never loses sight of the treasure which He has placed in our earthen vessels.” So good!! God gives you certain gifts for a reason. His sovereign will is always for His glory and our good. I thank God for every gift He has given me and the diversity I see in y’all!

 

Exercising your strengths is fun. It’s joyful. So use your gifts! Put those blessings into action my friends.


I hope this encourages you today! I love you so my dear friends. I’d love to hear what gifts you see in yourself (or your friends see!)!

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