September 05, 2012

Discovering Your Gift

Ephesians 4:8 says, Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”  When the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead He not only delivered us from sin and bondage, He also called us into His ministry.  Every Believer is to be active in the ongoing ministry of the Lord Jesus to the world today.  To accomplish our part of His ministry, the Lord gave every one of us a gifting that would supernaturally equip us to do our part.  Ephesians 4:7 says, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”  Along with our special gifting, the Lord has also given us His grace and ability to use that gift.  No matter what your talent, gift, or ability is, the Lord has already given you the grace to use it.

 In Romans 12:6, the Apostle Paul says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.  The key to anything the Lord gives us is to use it for His glory.  God did not give us unique abilities and gifts for us to not use.  He also didn’t give them to us just to use for our own purpose.  He gave us different gifts and grace so that together, all would make up His Body and do His works on earth.  Ephesians 4:15,16 says, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  As every member and part of the Body connects and uses its gifts and grace, the Church grows and accomplishes the works that Jesus called us to do.

 How important is it that we each find our place, gift, and grace?  Hebrews 10:24, 25, gives us our answer.  24 And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, 25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.”  To assemble means to put all the pieces together where they are supposed to go.  As we assemble with other Believers and connect our gifts together, we become a powerful moving force on earth.  Also, every member receives strength and encouragement to continue on.  It doesn’t matter how beautiful a clock looks on the outside, it is only valuable to us when all the working pieces are assembled and the clock does what it was created to do.  In the same manner, it doesn’t matter how beautiful a church building may look, it only becomes valuable to its community when all the working pieces are joined together fulfilling what God called that church to do.

I believe that now more than ever, it is important for every Believer to discover their gift, walk in God’s grace, and take their part.  Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together but come together, admonishing and encouraging one another, and all the more faithfully as we see the day approaching.