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God's Given Gifts
by Mary Lou Cook
01/18/09
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“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.” Romans 12:6-8

Our abilities and our talents are a gift from God that should be used to serve Him and others. In 1Peter 4:10 it reads, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” . This doesn’t say, “Use your gift whenever you feel like it.” As a Christian, our God given-gift should be used to the fullest to serve others.

God has given each one of us certain gifts, throughout the Bible there are lists of these. There is a need in all churches for a server in many areas, and teachers to teach Sunday school or a Bible Study. One encourages and shows mercy to others through difficult times, while another one contributes to the need of others and generously gives. Each of these God given-gifts leads others closer to our Lord. With these gifts we have the ability to serve others and give a part of ourselves to God. We cannot neglect the talent God has given us. These gifts are to be used for His glory, not for us to impress others.

Be used to encourage, strengthen, and excel in our God given talents and abilities to serve others.

Since God is the one who has given these gifts, we should faithfully use these for Him. There are many talents and abilities, but there is only God who has given everyone a special gift. In 1Corinthians 12:4-6 reads, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God work all of them in all men.”

If everyone would take advantage of their God given-gifts, things would happen. It would add to our value and our joy of following Jesus Christ. If we each used our talents and abilities to their fullest, the gospel would spread quickly with impact.


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