Using Your Gifts

Romans 12:6-8 NIV
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

A few weeks ago a friend tagged me in a photo on Instagram with the message that the words in the photo defined me. I can’t remember the exact words but it was referring to me being someone who tries to encourage other women. I smiled and may have teared up. She sees it. She notices. I am trying to use my gift of encouragement to encourage others always.

We are all given different talents, different gifts. It’s a beautiful thing that we are not all made in the same way.

We were chosen by God.

We were equipped by God.

Equipped differently. Equipped perfectly. Equipped in order to better the kingdom of the Lord.

I used to believe that my introvert personality was a burden to me. I used to believe that my inability to try to engage with others in large public settings would make it difficult for me to be a friend to others.

I was wrong.

What I believed would be a burden to me has instead been one of my biggest assets in my God given talents.

I think I am pretty fortunate at the age of 25 (okay…almost 26) to figure out that I am imperfectly perfect the way that I am. My experiences, good and bad, have shaped me into this person that God can use even though I am so broken.

He can use me as I am.

People will criticize you. People will try to change you. People will tell you that they don’t like who you are.

It does not matter.

God will use you and use you like crazy the way you are if you let Him.

My introversion has made it easy for me to be perfectly fine with using my voice to share my life and my testimony with everyone through writing.

If I had to address a congregation on a Sunday morning I’m pretty positive I would puke, but give me a laptop and a coffee and I’m ready to change the world.

I’ve been criticized for it but I’ve also been thanked for it.

People notice when you are using your God given gifts.

It isn’t always well received because it’s not how they use their own God given gifts but we need to learn to embrace every gift because it is all good. It’s all good because God says it’s good.

We can’t accept and use our gifts and expect for others to hide their own gifts, but this is what I see happening all of the time.

Maybe someone loves to give to others.

Maybe someone loves to talk to crowds.

Maybe someone loves to watch other’s kids for free so others can go and use their own gift without having a child attached to their hip.

Maybe someone loves to write.

Maybe someone loves to serve others in their community through good works.

This list could go on and on and on because I do not believe there is a limit to the gifts God has given to any of us.

Maybe you have one gift or maybe you have five.

It all matters.

Instead of being envious or unsure of another person’s gifts…encourage them.

God does not want us criticizing each other. He wants us to build each other up so that we can all use our different gifts to glorify Him.

When we all begin using our gifts and encouraging each other in their own gifts we create this environment that allows God to grow. We create a way for God’s love and His mightiness to spread like a sweeping flood.

A sweeping flood.

Allowing God to be present in every crevice, every crack and every broken heart…including our own.

We are all broken but equipped. When broken people come together using their gifts they have been equipped with…can you imagine the beautiful power God is given through that?

Let Him have it all.

Let Him shine through.

Let His power be seen.

Your gifts are mighty.

They are important.

They are powerful.

They are yours to use for the glory of the Lord.

Use them.

Use them when you are encouraged and use them in doubt and in disapproval.

1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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  1. I love this post!! What a great reminder


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