Do you realize the gifts that you have been given? Do you realize the importance of using them to their full potential as a good and faithful steward? You have been called! Will you answer? With the gifts and talents you have been given will you look to develop them, strengthen them, use them? With the purpose and the plan set in motion by giving these gifts and talents to you to impact the world will you be a good steward? Is there something holding you back? Is there some obstacle that is stopping you or blocking you or preventing you from being and doing everything God has created you to be and do? Do you know what is keeping you from being everything God created and wants you to be?
Today’s Reading is 1 Corinthians 12 that speaks to not only the gifts but of the plan to come together in unity and work together:
Spiritual Gifts1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
One Body with Many Members12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.14For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31But earnestly desire the higher gifts.And I will show you a still more excellent way.–from 1 Corinthians 12
If you could do anything you wanted to do, you had unlimited time to get further training, unlimited money, and you could not fail, what would you do?
A common answer is the desire to make a difference in life. We often feel lost in our jobs, unsure of what God desires for our lives and we how we can impact his kingdom.
How can we know what God is calling us to in our work?
1. Remember that we are called to be good stewards of our gifts.
The Fall can blind us to the very nature of the gifts we have been given, but it is our job to discern our gifts and use them to God’s glory. We need the Spirit’s help and the help of others to gain clarity on how to best use the gifts God has given us.
2. God has made people for every position in the body of Christ.
He has also made people for every position on the corporate flow chart. Some people – relatively few – are made to be CEOs. Some are best as the second in command. Others love to assist their boss in order to make him or her succeed. Some are made to be inventors. Others love managing all the details of what someone else has started. Remember, you are uniquely made with talents that God specifically entrusted to you.
3. Pay attention to your life history.
When discerning your calling, it is helpful to give a thoughtful examination of your life. Note what you have enjoyed doing and feel like you have done well. List at least three illustrations in each period of your life: grade school, junior high, high school, college, post-college. Then share about the details of what you enjoyed with a friend. Note the following:
- Any recurring subject matter.
- What place you play on a team.
- What kinds of challenges trigger your motivations.
- How and why you are motivated to learn.
- What primary gifts you use, and what are the ends and purpose towards which you drive.
Paying attention to the way God has created you and finding a wise friend willing to listen will reap dividends throughout your life as you seek to discover and pursue your calling.
Spend some time praying for God to reveal his calling in your life.