Gifted to Bless Others

20 May

Why Dogs Can’t Use Computers

Dog at Computer

  • He’s distracted by cats chasing his mouse.
  • SIT and STAY were hard enough; CUT and PASTE are out of the question.
  • Saliva-coated floppy disks refuse to work.
  • Three words: carpal paw syndrome.
  • Involuntary tail wagging is a dead give-away that he’s browsing the website http://www.purina.com instead of working.
  • The fire hydrant icon is simply too frustrating.
  • He can’t help attacking the screen when he hears “You’ve Got Mail”.
  • It’s too messy to “mark” every Web site he visits.
  • The FETCH command isn’t available on all platforms.
  • He can’t stick his head out of Windows. *

There are just some things that dogs can’t do. They aren’t gifted that way.

I (Dawn) have thought a lot about gifting lately. The Bible says that every believer has a spiritual gift or gifts from God (1 Corinthians 12:4-5). We are to use those gifts to bless and encourage the Body of Christ, but also as a testimony to a watching world … another way to let our light (God in us) shine to a watching world (Matthew 5:16).

People disagree about the actual number of possibilities and whether some gifts are for the Body of Christ today; but every believer has as least one gift. Various websites list the gifts, such as at the Ministry Tools Resource Center website. Some of the scriptures listed are here,  if you’d like to study for yourself ~ Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 7:7-8; 12:4-11, 28, 30; 13:3; Ephesians 3:6-8; 4:11; and 1 Peter 4:9-10. (Note: some references are not clearly designated as a “gift.”)

So, there are some places of strength where we can shine for the Lord empowered by the Spirit of God! 

Do you know your gift? If not, there are many resources for discovering your spiritual gift. Here is one.

If you do know your gift … are you shining? Are you using your gift for God’s glory?

But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t to practice the other gifts, and trust God for help in our weakness.

Have you ever walked away from something God told you to do because you felt you weren’t skilled enough, or smart enough, or had enough?

  • Maybe your gift isn’t Giving, but God poked you to share some funds with a needy family.
  • Maybe your gift isn’t Teaching, but God asked you to share a devotional.
  • Maybe your gift isn’t Administration, but God asked you to step in as a substitute leader while a leader was hospitalized.
  • Maybe your gift isn’t Serving, but God asked you to paint a church bathroom.

God said he would be “sufficient” for our times of weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), and that includes the areas and times (maybe even a short season of our life) where we must step out of our comfort zone.

Sometimes, however, it’s not a matter of weakness, but of selfishness or pride. A lady in a church was asked to help set up a table for coffee in church. She responded, “That’s not my gift,” and walked away. She is a teacher by gifting, but that does not mean she could not have offered to help in serving her church by setting up a table for coffee that particular morning when the regular server was overwhelmed.

Using our gift isn’t a place for sinful comparisons; and it’s not about us using our gift perfectly. There is a fine line between excellence and “perfectionism.” God is more concerned with our heart attitudes and motivation than the actions we perform.

The key is to practice our God-given gifts with joy, and also allow Him to stre-e-e-e-e-etch us in areas that are not our gifting . All we need is a submissive, teachable spirit.

So, keep shining, Friend! You are gifted to bless and encourage others!

* http://forum.gainesville.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1215&start=0

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