Romans 12:6-8, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts [Spiritual Gifts] for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
The word, Spiritual Gift, comes from the Greek phrase chrismata and it is defined as, “a gift of grace.” Which means we are given a “favor” or a “special gift” to do the work of ministry on behalf of, and empowered by, the Holy Spirit.
As believers we are each given not just one spiritual gift, but a few to sometimes even many. These precious gifts are given by the very Creator himself, yet, sadly, few of them are active in the church today. What has happened? Why are we not using them to their full potential?
When someone we admire gives us a gift, we can’t stop talking about it. I mean think about it. If someone came up to you and wrote you a check for $100,000 how excited would you be? I would want to tell everyone I knew. Yet when the King of the Universe, the one we proclaim as Lord, gives us a gift, we hide it away to make certain no one knows about it. Why?
1. Fear – We are afraid people will make fun of us, judge us, or that we might mess-up, or use the gift in-correctly. Maybe it’s that we are afraid that someone else will do a better job than us. Sadly, we let fear rule over our lives rather than putting our trust in the Lord. Ultimately it is Gods name on the table not ours and if we are full of fear, than are we really trusting Him as we claim?
2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2. Time– In this day and age that we live in its hard not to have a fully booked schedule. Our lives can be so jam-packed that their simply isn’t space in them to make use of what God has entrusted us with. Wow kinda hits home doesn’t it?
Might I suggest something? Instead of adding one more thing to your lives, perhaps God wants us to give Him ALL of our time and let Him direct it as He sees fit. Don’t be too busy following other pursuits in life, that God gets the back burner. This is dangerous. After all, we are not here to serve ourselves but rather we came to serve….
Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.”
3. Money – Sometimes our gifts require us to spend money that we just don’t have. But what we need to remember is that God has equipped us to do the work He has designed us for. If He calls you to feed a hungry neighbor and you can barely afford food for your own family; then you need to simply trust that He will provide for you both.
Following Jesus means walking a path that won’t always make sense and we aren’t called to understand everything He commands us to do; nor are we going to be comfortable with everything He asks us to do. We just need to trust Him for that provision. And trust me, he has done it plenty of times for me.
Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
4. Laziness – Following Jesus is a hard road. It requires hard work and many times we don’t feel like putting forth the effort. We’d rather catch an extra hour of sleep, play on the internet, do something fun, or watch television. You see, we have become so accustomed to feeding ourselves the things of this world, that we hunger for them, more than God…you hunger what you feed on. Owtch…that one hit me too!
So lets not feed ourselves the wrong things. Rather let’s be in control of what we eat. Lets be about the Lords work and not be a lackadaisical follower after our own affairs.
1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
5. Selfishness – Sometimes we would just rather do what we want to do, rather than doing the things God asks us. Try to make it your aim and desire to do the works He created you to do.God’s intention in gifting people is not primarily so that we would take, but really so that we would give out to others.
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV), “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God‘s grace in its various forms.”
In closing, don’t allow fear, money, time, laziness, or selfishness to keep you from your giftings. And don’t resist the urge that God is placing upon your heart to make full use of the gifts and calling He has given you. Otherwise people will pay the price of not receiving that which you were given to bless them.
Love you all!