6"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; it it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
Romans 12:6-8 NIV
I felt like this scripture set the tone very well for this first devotion. It can be difficult finding our gifts. We all have one. Some people figure it out when they're young and for some, it's years later. Whatever your gift is, use it.
This musician by the name of Colton Dixon discovered his gift at a young age. When he was 13, getting ready to perform I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me at a piano recital, his piano teacher told him to sing as he played. Colton didn't like the idea at all. Although, he sang like his teacher told him. In that moment, he discovered that singing was what God wanted him to do for the rest of his life. He was only 13 at the time and to see where he is now, you can tell that sharing God's Word through music is what he was designed to do. His gift was the ability to sing and play piano, but is using it to point to God.
But not everyone's discovery is like that. Your gift could be your talent. Building things, art, dance, sports, acting, rapping, childcare, lawn work, landscaping, working with technology, literally anything. Even if your good at talking to people and giving them advice and encouragement, that's a gift. Everyone is called to do ministry. I don't mean pastor, missionary, things like that. Ministry work can be anything. Often when people hear the words 'ministry work,' they think of mission trips, being a pastor, missionary, or a traveling evangelist. It's not always that for everyone. Ministry can be giving encouragement, talking to someone who's lonely, show love and compassion to people. It doesn't have to be large extravagant gestures, although they can be good too. The things that seem so small to us can be extravagant to others.
If someone has a different gift than you, that doesn't mean they're better than you, even if their gift seems better to you than what God gave you. Not everyone was meant to do the same thing. He made us all different. We all play a different role in the body of Christ. It's like a human body. Each part functions differently and does different things. They all don't do the same things. It requires body parts working together to do things. Same thing with the body of Christ. Christians need to work together and not apart. Each person has a different talent, story, and personality.
For example, say you have an outgoing evangelist, who isn't the greatest with technology, but yet, can keep a person's attention in a sermon and come up with visual aids for sermons. The evangelist is in need of a power point for an upcoming sermon. The power point will make it easier for people to take notes and remember key points to the sermon. Now, you have this other person, very shy, not talkative, but excellent with computers, slideshows, and anything in that field. Without a power point, it can be somewhat difficult for others to remember what the evangelist is talking about. The technology person and evangelist work together. Therefore, the evangelist will have a power point for a service and people are able to take notes better.
If you're talent is sports, use that platform to point it to God. It's always harder to point everything to God, because it's so easy to take the credit for everything when in reality God is using us. It's so easy for us to become arrogant and act like we can do everything. He gave you that gift and you're using it, but are you gonna be someone who points to God or yourself?
Don't worry about what others think when you give God the glory. God is in control and made everything, the world isn't. I'd rather stand with God and be judged by the world versus stand with the world and be judged by God.