“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck
Our Wednesday night life group (aka small group) started last week a study on the motivational gifts. These are different from the spiritual gifts we have but are complimentary. The motivational gifts we have are given to us at birth by God to everyone, not just Christians. The use of these gifts however are much different in a Christian versus a non-Christian. What I think is so great about this study is that it really helps to explain why we do the things we do, why we act, say and feel the way that we do. It also helps give us perspective on the people around us, helping us to understand them better. In the study it also talks about how it can be helpful for parents to better raise their children because they will be able to understand their child’s thinking better. So much is wrapped up in these gifts. Our motives, choice of career, thoughts, actions and words are all derived from our gift. For me, the thought that God specifically gave each of us a special gift from the moment we were born speaks volume to the love that He has for us! Not only that, it magnifies the truth that we are all designed for a purpose, His purpose. Whatever God has called each of us to do would not be possible without the gifts that He has given us, it makes us who we are. So, who am I? I am God’s child, I am a wife and mother, I am a server and exhorter, I am designed for a specific purpose that He has given only to me. Who are you?