Use gifts and talents

By DELLA NEWKIRK
Posted 8/5/22

What are your God-given gifts and talents? Sharpen them, use them, and sculpt those crafts, as there could be a connection to the calling of God. How can you use your gifts and talents to serve …

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What are your God-given gifts and talents? Sharpen them, use them, and sculpt those crafts, as there could be a connection to the calling of God. How can you use your gifts and talents to serve others and bring glory to God?

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). Use those gifts well by serving the Lord and others.

It’s amazing how we have different interests and skills. It’s amazing how gifts and talents ignited by His power are like glowing flames in darkness. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Where is God calling you? Honor, respect, fulfill and pursue the call.

Well, you may not be welcome in that particular clique, but you have been called. They overlooked you for the promotion, but you still have been called. No one may seem to notice you, but you have been called. You may not have much money in the bank, but you have been called. 

Okay so, we celebrate you. There is no one else like you. You have gifts that only you can give the world. Uniquely you. No competition. A season of consecutive wins. You have blessings that others can only receive through you. The Lord designed every detail of who you are.

God uses ordinary people; little becomes much when you place it in the Master’s hands. Key elements are a surrendered will, obedience and availability. Work with what has been given to you by God.

Also, giftedness reminds me of Olympic multi-gold medalist Michael Phelps, who was undeniably born and built to swim: His extra-flat feet are like flippers, and his torso and large chest are super long compared to his shorter legs. He has high lung capabilities, and his far-reaching wingspan is longer than his height. Results show that he has powerfully dominated through water with forceful strokes and a winner’s attitude (https://www.biography.com/news/michael-phelp-perfect-body-swimming).

What are your gifts — natural or spiritual? What can you personally do expressively and creatively? Sharpen that craft into something usable for the Body of Christ. Commit to the Lord, be a good steward, and use those gifts and talents to bring glory to God and to serve others.

Good old-fashioned advice: Faith says, “Trust God’s timing.”

Prayer: Lord God Almighty, our first call is to the altar, so purify our hearts, Lord. Help us to find Your will. Help us to be obedient, even when we don’t understand. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Dr. Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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