Gifted to Be a Blessing
by Judy Webb
Sometimes we forget how special we are; how vital our lives are to those around us. Before I became a follower of Jesus, I often questioned why I was born. I did not feel useful or needed in this world. Until God gets hold of us, until our relationship with Jesus begins to strengthen and the Holy Spirit fills us, it is natural to have these feelings. The Spiritual Gifts we are blessed with change our lives forever. They change the lives of those around us as well.
Every Christian is given special gifts by the Holy Spirit to use for the good of the Community of Believers. There are no exceptions; some of us have more than one gift. Do you know what your Spiritual Gift is/are? Do you enjoy teaching? Perhaps you are one of those special people who send notes to people thanking them for things they do. This is the sign of an encourager. Do you enjoy serving, especially in the background, working diligently on a project or ministry? This is the gift of helps.
Maybe your forte is planning events and leading people, you may have been gifted with administration or leadership. Perhaps you haven't figured out what your gift is and you are waiting for it to be revealed. No need, jump right in and begin serving - you will know soon enough. I have found that my gifts are also my passion. I would not feel complete if I were not able to serve within the area of my passion.
Some of the most important members of your church don’t stand out, we seldom see them using their gifts. They aren’t the officers or Sunday school teachers or musicians or the preacher. They are the quiet unobtrusive folks who pray and exercised their faith. They send encouraging notes, smile from across the room, show up at the hospital, walk your dog when you can’t…and so much more.
"God's various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful." (1 Corinthians 12:4-11 MSG)
This Thanksgiving, let us be also thankful for the gifts the Holy Spirit has bestowed on us, and the many opportunities to use them to bless and help others.
Come Holy Spirit, reveal our gifts to us, show us where we can be most fruitful. As we mature and grow in our relationship with Jesus, our gifts could change - show us that too. Thank you for your Presence in our lives. Amen