I love baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox (the story behind that is for another blog post). In all the years I have watched the game I have noticed the importance of each player’s position. Especially with all of the crazy shifts going on in the field the past few seasons. Each man needs to know his responsibility on each play.
Can you imagine if a pitcher tried to be an outfielder AND the pitcher at the same time? That can be disastrous! I have seen some pitchers who I would be nervous if he tried to catch even a pop-up.
The best course of action is to let the outfielders do their job while the infielders do theirs and the pitcher and catch do theirs. With everyone doing what they do best the team has a better chance of winning. Chaos can break out if the players start playing other positions instead of their own.
The Body of Christ is blessed by God with many and various gifts. Each believer is given a gift by God as God wills. Every believer is to use his gift for God’s glory and the announcement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not one gift is better then another. Each are important and necessary to the ministry.
Now you may be thinking you do not have a spiritual gift. Even at the thought of speaking in public you break out into a cold sweat. You may fall asleep any time the prayer goes a little too long so forget that one. You are not able to find Philemon (it’s in the New Testament, the back half of the Bible by the way) so how could you evangelize to someone?
Let me ask you this question, what do you love to do? Is there something that comes naturally to you? Perhaps these are your spiritual gifts.
God gives a gift to every believer to participate in the work of ministry and serve one another. No one is left out. Not a one.
Some gifts are a part of who we are. A part of our spiritual DNA. They make us who we are. They don’t fade away.
At times God gives us specific gifts to accomplish a specific task. We may have never had the gift before but we have it when God needs us to have it.
So the question to be asking yourself is not, do I have a spiritual gift but rather how does God want me to use my spiritual gifts?
Be encourage that whatever God is asking you to do He has already equipped you to do it. No reason to fear you are ‘not good enough’ because you are already are. You are gifted!
This Week’s Challenge:
Reflect on what you are good at, what you enjoy doing. Do 1 thing this week using your gift to bless a friend, a neighbor or the Church body. Dare to step out of your comfort zone and share your gift with someone today.