It is that time of year when we start thinking about, shopping for and purchasing the gifts we will give to those we love. Oftentimes, we spent as many hours searching for the right gift wrap paper that will go with the gift we have bought for those special people. My husband, Henry, is the best gift wrapper, as any employed by Macy’s, Belleson’s or Nordstrom’s. Before we were married, I had attempted many times wrapping gifts for my family and friends. It did not matter how hard I tried, how I measured the paper or the size or shape of the gift, it always turned out looking like a five year old had done it. So happy was I when I discovered during our first Christmas together, as we wrapped presents to send to our families back home that he was so GOOD at it. For years after, I did not even try because I knew Henry would and could do it better than I ever could. But I took comfort in knowing that there were things I could do at holiday time that he could not.
God has gifted each of us differently for the purpose to which he has called us. In Matthew 25:14-30, the master gives his servants various amounts of money according to their ability to handle it while he went on a journey. For the sake of financial ease, let’s say he gave one servant five talents, which were equal to $5000. To the second servant he gave two talents or around $2000. To the third he gave one talent, or $1000. He didn’t specifically tell them what to do, but the first two “went at once and put his money to work and gained five more and the other two more.” (v. 16). The third servant “went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money” (v. 18). God has given us spiritual gifts that are far greater than any earthly gift we might receive in a wrapped package. He calls us to not keep these gifts wrapped up inside of us, but to open and share them with one another.
The Apostle Paul points to these gifts as he addresses the church in Rome. In Romans 12:6-8, he writes, "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. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully". Like the Romans, we have gifts that we need to share with others, in the church as well as everywhere we go.
Think back to a time when you received a gift, maybe a birthday gift, a Christmas gift, or just a gratitude gift. As you looked at this gift, you could hardly wait to rip off the wrapping paper and bows to find out what lay inside. Remember the joy and excitement?
God wants each of us to have that same joy and excitement about our ministry. Create that same excitement by reading the article about spiritual gifts HERE and then completing the www.lifeway.com then go to the link for the Spiritual Gifts Survey by following the link under "Related Content." Join the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team in discovering how God wants to use you to serve Him, your church and your community.
UNWRAP your gifts and find your fit in ministry!