Don’t you just love to get a gift? I always feel a little greedy as I frantically tear the wrapping off or jerk the tissue paper out of the gift bag. I never was one to carefully pull the tape off, gingerly unwrap, and then smooth out and keep the wrapping paper. No, gimme my gift! Who cares about the paper?
But sometimes it’s hard to take a gift from someone. If it’s not my birthday or Christmas, why would someone give me a gift? When I was working at the Clerk’s Office, every once in a while one of my customers would bring me a little something, and it really made my day, week and year! But I always protested, “Oh, you didn’t have to bring me anything!” And the customer would be smiling broadly at me because the gift was working its magic of making me feel special.
That’s what we really want, isn’t it? We want to feel special, we want to be special. We want to know that someone somewhere is thinking about us, wanting to be with us, praying for us.
And most of all, we want to be loved. When we are given a gift just out of the blue, we feel loved. It feels so good!
Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Do you know what your talents are? Do you know which are spiritual gifts and which are talents? As Christians, we can get all tangled up in these questions. We love the Lord and we want to do things for Him out of the joy we have for Him.
There are plenty of books and studies on discovering your gifts and/or talents. I know people who have taken more than one class on this subject and still are not satisfied that they know the answers.
I think we should forget the questions and just relax. Why not take everything, gift or talent, and use it for God? Just assume that whatever it is that you’re good at is from God (because it is) and then use it for God’s glory.
I have said this before and I will say it again and again: As Christians, we have to be different. Who cares if it’s a spiritual gift or a talent if it’s used for God?
Anybody can have a talent. Anybody can do good works. There are many fine people out there doing just that, but they are not Christians.
Spiritual gifts come to Christians from the power of the Holy Spirit. When you’ve done something that satisfies your soul, or something you know is beyond your capabilities, you have tapped into that power. It’s a glorious thing, and we need to look at it and be aware that we have been used by God.
Come, Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
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 (NIV)