The I AM says I am gifted!
“There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. There are different ways of working, but the same God works all things in all men.”(1 Corinthians 12: 4-5)
It may have begun with The Gong Show and Star Search, but American Idol was the spark that ignited a flame for a smorgasbord of talent shows on television. Now, no station’s weekly line up is complete without a show that’s purpose is to award gifted and talented performers and/or discover the next brilliant superstar. And if singing contests aren’t your thing, you are sure to find something that whets your appetite for a skill-based competition. There are contest shows featuring dancers, chefs, bakers, models, fashion designers, interior designers, athletes, beauties, builders, landscapers, entrepreneurs, comedians, hair stylists, and even a show that is searching to find an adult more intellectually skilled than a 5thgrader. I wonder if the reason we are so captivated by these types of shows is because we love to watch gifted people do their thing or if it makes us think about our own talents and how we are or are not using them.
Even as you are reading the words of this devotional your mind may be wondering what talents you have and in what ways God has gifted you. I do know this…you ARE talented. We all are! He has gifted each of us with our own unique set of skills based how He intends to use us for His kingdom. Perhaps our skills aren’t in areas that can be put on a stage and applauded, but we can rest assured that we were each given abilities and aptitudes that are divinely infused into our DNA for the purpose of which we are made. And we are to use our gifts to glorify and honor Him! To discover our gifts, we need to look deep inside our soul and ask what we are naturally good at. We might not be good at singing, dancing, or acting, but we can perhaps plan, organize or decorate. We might not feel comfortable speaking, leading, or teaching, but are right at home in a role where we encourage, listen, and follow. Each of us are uniquely created to play a role in the body of Christ.
If we compare our gifts and talents to the tools that one might use to build a house it’s easy to see how our individual giftedness is important in the collective construction of His Kingdom. It is not a good idea to open a toolbox, grab the first instrument that you find and attempt to put a nail in the wall. Believe me, I have tried it with a screwdriver, and it doesn’t work. To effectively get a nail in a wall, you need the tool that was created for that purpose, a hammer. For us to be effective for the purpose we have been created, we all must claim the gifts we have been given and use them to the best of our abilities to serve our Heavenly Father and others. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
God gave us the gift of Jesus, the best gift of all. But He also gave us individual talents to be used for His glory. We were gifted to be a gift. Leo Buscaglia is quoted as saying, “Our talents are God’s gifts to us and what we do with them is our gift back to God.” So, let’s give thanks to our Lord for the unique talents He has given us. Let’s praise Him for the plan that He has in our lives. And let’s find ways to use our giftedness for His glory as we gratefully acknowledge, “I am gifted…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Exodus 35:35; 1 Chronicles 25:6-7; Acts 16:14; Ephesians 4:7; Romans 12:4-8
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen