We all start out as infants. No matter what we accomplish, in the beginning we’re gripped with fear of the unknown, then relieved as time passes, and encouraged as our confidence builds and we grow self-assured.
As we develop spiritually we become transformed from a one dimensional physical person to a multi-dimensional spiritual person, exhibiting Christ, and therefore, God’s nature. On this transformational journey, we bring physical skills, gifts and talents. Some of us are born with them; others develop them through experience or training.
Unlike physical talents and gifts, spiritual gifts are given by God. In Romans 12:6 the bible tells us, “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.” We may be given the gift of prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing to needs of others, leadership, and showing mercy. Whatever given, we are to use it in proportion to our faith.
In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 we are told, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”
Some of us are gifted to speak, teach, sing, lead, or encourage others. Some use gifts for our own gain, others in the service of God. Regardless, the manifestation (working/demonstration) of these gifts are all given for the common good, given by God as He determines.
As servants of God, we may be using our gifts according to our faith and God is being glorified in the process. There may be times, however, where the manifestation of our gift stops short of seeing the common good or service to the Lord. In these times there is hope. God has given us everything we need to see His good and perfect will demonstrated.
James 1:5 tells believers, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” This verse is encouraging to all believers.
If you have a gift of leadership but lack wisdom in a specific area, ask God and He will give according to His will. If you serve, teach, or contribute to the needs of others; yet have not seen the fruit of that gift, ask God for what you lack. God’s word says He will give generously.
As servants of the Lord, we can be fully equipped to use the gifts God has given to us. We can see the demonstration of His marvelous ways as we ask Him for whatever we lack. We can have confidence, through faith, that we lack nothing.
As we live a life of sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, we can serve Him cheerfully. Knowing that He has already given us what we need to be and to do His perfect will. As I and all believers grow spiritually, our gifts grow, our work grows and God’s manifestation is endless.
As we love the Lord and thank Him for His goodness, our praise is also represented through our obedience. There are no more excuses for not doing what God has willed us to do. There may obstacles, tests or even trials, but we can overcome them and be blessed. God has given us gifts to serve Him, and in result we will see Him manifest through us.
Relax, you have everything you need.