Using Your Gifts

By: Woody Godbey

The Scriptures tell us in 1 Peter 4:10 that a Christian should use their gifts and talents they've received from God to serve others and to faithfully administer God's grace in its many forms.

1 Cor. 4:2 tells us that we are managers of the gifts God has given us and that they may be great or small in our eyes but they all matter to God. It goes on to say that you as a manager of those gifts and required by God to be proved faithful in using them.

God has given you unique abilities, talents, and gifts. Every Christian is uniquely shaped and different from one another in spiritual birth just like physical birth. Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. This bundle of talents is the thing God has given you that makes you who you are and sets you apart from other people.

Some Christians think their talents are just for them to make a lot of money, retire, and die and if that's you, you’ve missed the point of your life. You may use your God given talents to make a living but God gave you talents to benefit others, not yourself. And God gave other people talents that benefit you.

We’re all a part of the body of Christ, and each part matters. There are no insignificant people in the family of God. You are shaped to serve God, and he is testing you to see how you are going to use the talents he gave you.

It doesn't matter whether you are a musician or an accountant, a teacher, a cook, a counselor, etc., God gave you those abilities to serve others. Remember what 1 Peter 4:10 says, that a Christian should use their gifts and talents they've received from God to serve others and to faithfully administer God's grace in its many forms.” Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (My Translation).

Now according to the Scriptures, you are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV). When God made you, he made an investment in you, and he expects a return on that investment.

Are you using what He’s given you for the benefit of others to make the world a better place? Or are you just using those talents to benefit yourself?

When God gives you a talent or gift, He expects you to use it. Someone said its' like a muscle. If you use it, it will grow. If you don’t, you’ll lose it. If you have a talent but are afraid to use it, or if you get lazy and don’t use it to benefit others, you’re going to lose it. Like the parable of the ten talents in Luke 19, if you don’t use what God has given you, he will take it away and give it to someone else who will.

When I preached to our church on spiritual gifts I would tell the people, if you use your talents and gifts wisely, God will give you more. If you use your time wisely, God will give you more time. If you use your energy wisely, God will give you more energy. If you use your influence wisely, God will increase your influence. God will always bless your level of faithfulness.

When I was pastoring, I always tried to help people find their place in the body so they could use their God given gifts and talents. Some pastors are guilty of keeping people from their God given calling and that always hinders the health and growth of the body. My philosophy has always been, "Use em or lose em". An arm can never be a foot and neither can an eye be the nose! A good pastor and leadership team will be able to see your strengths and help fit you in the right place. Talk to your pastor and discuss your place in the Body of Christ. I don't do a lot of work in my home church but I use my God given gifts and talents almost every day in helping others and at the end of the day, I have peace and satisfaction. Get busy and invest what God has given you in the Church! God Bless!