We are each created with a unique purpose in this life. You matter! I matter! Everything in your life up until this point has contributed to the unique contribution you can make in this world.
If you read 1Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, Ephesians 4:1-16, and 1Peter 4:10-11 it is abundantly clear that God has given each of us a special job to do in the body of Christ, and spiritual gifts enable us to do it.
My gifts and How I began to step out in Faith
I have two gifts that are nearly equal in their power in my life. Administration/Leadership, and Exhortation/Encouragement. When you begin to step out in your gifts you will immediately find two things are evident.
First, as you allow God to use you for the benefit of others with your unique gifts and in your unique way, you will sense a great amount of satisfaction and fulfillment. When I give a word of encouragement to someone it just feels good to say it. Often my words of encouragement come through writing, and then it is so awesome to look at something I have written and wonder, where did that come from? The words just come up from within like an artisan well. They bring refreshment and life to those that God gives them to. It is like God giving a parched soul a drink from a cup of cold refreshing water. I am the cup. It is very awesome.
God also uses me in my local church. We have a time set aside at the beginning of our meeting for the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit. Sometimes during the praise and worship time God will lay something on my heart to speak. Quite often it is something that has nothing to do with anything I have been recently pondering. These have been some of the scariest times that I have stepped out in faith. My Pastor has been very encouraging in this. He encourages us to 'test our gifts'. Other times I might feel impressed to share from something I have been chewing on all week. Learning to hear God's voice and recognizing His promptings are ways that we grow in our gifts. At first it can be really intimidating. Walking by faith is like that. It is a lesson in learning to trust God. Remember, these gifts are not to bring glory to ourselves. God should always get all of the glory.
I hope this helps you. This blog has been one of my experiments to test the gift that I suspected I had. I have had confirmation many times over! But I will say, I have learned that it is work to step out in faith. It isn't like God just does it all. You will exert a lot of energy. And if you have a service oriented gift then you will work very hard. There is an awesome refreshment that comes from God when we exhaust ourselves for the building up of His kingdom though. It is very fulfilling and rewarding.
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Seek Him my friend! Be rewarded!
Grace and peace,
Encouraged? Pass it on!