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Friday, March 13, 2009

You are Gifted!

Do you remember in Elementary and High School the "gifted" classes. I had a sister who was in all of those classes - she graduated as Valedictorian - I always admired her intelligence - and truly she is gifted. I was the chatty sister - hence I grew up to write blogs!!! Haha!

Well, if there was a gifted class at church it would not be exclusive because God's word says we are ALL gifted! Romans 5:6 says "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us." Then it goes on to list some of the gifts which include: serving, teaching, encouraging, leading, giving and mercy. (I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, and I Peter 4 also talk about gifts of the Spirit if you want to read further.)

These gifts are usually called "Spiritual Gifts" and they are given to us freely by God's grace to meet the needs of the body. When we use our spiritual gifts, the body is built up, encouraged and unified.

In the past, I found myself tempted to act like I had all the gifts (this was obviously prideful - I'm being vulnerable here) - I tried to be an encourager, evangelize, teach, serve, give, administrate, and lead. Then it hit me - I was over comitted and stressed out!

When I sense "burnout" I remember something my Greek Professor in college once said. He said "if you feel burnt out - then you are not serving in the Holy Spirit's strength." And then he said "I'd rather rust out than burn out" meaning he planned to focus on his area of giftedness given by the Holy Spirit and serve in that one area until the day he died!

So where are you on the spectrum? Are you getting burnt out trying to do too many things for the body of Christ or are you unsure of what your gift is and serving very little? Many people ask - how can I know what my gift is? There are many spiritual gift tests you can take BUT I recommend that you get serving! As you serve, pray that God will show you what your gift is.

Get your feet wet trying all types of ministries. Volunteer to do different things for 3 months at a time. Find out which one lights your fire and excites you and which ones you dread. I learned through trying to coordinate a mentorship program that I was capable of administrating it - but dreaded the administrative aspect. I wish I could be more of an encourager but I really don't like to write letters - just blogs! I've taken many women meals over the years but I'm not the best cook - it's just not an area I shine in.

Don't get me wrong - all of these ministries are necessary and vital to the unity of our body of Christ - but I think God has gifted someone else better for these tasks. But when I open my Bible to write a Bible study lesson or stand up in front of a group of women to share a devotional - my heart skips a beat - I get so excited to teach! It's my passion - it's what God "gifted" me to do and I feel compelled to do it.

What is it that you feel compelled to do? What do you find joy in doing? Have you found the ministry that makes your heart skip a beat with joy when you have the opportunity to do it? That's the Holy Spirit working in you! Don't just use your gifts for your family or employer - but use it to build up the body of Christ - we need you!!!

Walk with the King!


Blogger Clare said...

You have NAILED your gift sister! And I'm glad you have!

March 13, 2009 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Thanks Clare - and girl - you know I love your gift to run a bootcamp haha!!! Seriously though thanks for the many ways you serve in our church body!

March 13, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger 50s Housewife said...

Great post! I know how the burnout feels. Several years ago I was director of our VBS (with about 250 children attending), teaching 2nd grade Sunday school and doing the nursery on Wednesday nights all while being PTA president. It took months of doing "nothing" to recover and I am now much more careful about what I say yes to. I'm now on the missions/evangelism committee, decorating committee, and in charge of PTA bake sales. Much more doable and things I actually like to do. :)

March 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Kimmy said...

Thank you for your encouragement as always!!I know I've found my gift but just trying to use it where God wants me.

March 15, 2009 at 12:21 AM  

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