Now that Christmas is over, we are left with extra pounds, unplugged lights that need taken down, and tons of gifts. Some gifts we love, some not so much. Some gifts we never use or even open, and others we regift. We even envy the gifts of others. (Why did my sister get those cute, warm pajama pants while I got a plain gray robe I will never wear?) But have you ever thought that we do the same with spiritual gifts?
It’s easy to look at what others get as gifts and feel a little envious. I sing well in like one key (which one I have no idea). Strain my voice above or below that and it sounds horrible. I have several failed attempts at mastering musical instruments, since my nerves have little tolerance for sitting still long enough to learn. Nobody wants me in charge of cooking a meal, and I am probably not the most compassionate person by far.
Maybe the reason you feel stuck in a rut at church or feel unimportant is because you have not opened your heart and mind to all the possibilities and ways God can uniquely use you.
However, I can write and speak. I have the gift of communication, and that can be used in the Kingdom of God as well. I help edit and design various advertisements and bulletins for church and write inspirational pieces for various publications. Ask me to speak on a moment’s notice, and I’m OK with that. A friend recently told me I could carry on a conversation by myself. (If she only were at home with my two little kids and me, she would know it happens often.)
My husband hates getting up in front of people. He does much better one-on-one or in a small group where everyone is talking. But he can build and fix just about anything. Anytime there is a men’s work day at church or when something comes up like building the new playground, he is one of the star players.
Notice that neither of us are on the praise team, preach, or lead a Sunday school group. This shows that there is much more you can do for God than simply the upfront gifts that immediately come to mind when one thinks of church work. Maybe the reason you feel stuck in a rut at church or feel unimportant is because you have not opened your heart and mind to all the possibilities and ways God can uniquely use you. Every preacher’s wife doesn’t have to play the piano, and every nursery worker doesn’t have to be a grandma. It’s time to start thinking about what is on the inside, because that is what we really have to offer.
Lifeway has an awesome survey resource to help gage your spiritual gifts and talents. Simply download the PDF and answer the questions. This will show you where your strengths lie as well as areas where you would probably not be much help (i.e. myself as a singer). The gifts are also described, along with Scriptures given to show how they work in Christianity.