Spiritual Gifts 5

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”

Romans 12:3 ESV

God is not arbitrary regarding the distributions of spiritual gifts. God desires our greatest personal satisfaction. God has gifted us in such a way that when we exercise our talents we will both give and receive the greatest blessing possible. It is tempting to desire the more prominent positions and the more impressive abilities, but viewing heaven's gifts through an earthly lens hinders us from appreciating the precious privilege of serving our Creator.

While this world holds a very narrow opinion of what it regards as desirable, Heaven operates on a completely different paradigm. Because God is not caught up in positional authority, heaven views all service as worthy of equal esteem. This is difficult for us to wrap our minds around. Heaven has no corporate ladder. The angels do not compete for promotions. Outside of earth, all created beings rejoice in fulfilling their calling. The idea that one position is to be desired over another originated with satan.  

Paul challenged the Corinthian believers to keep a humble and sober mind when considering how to engage their gifts. Pride is intoxicating, and its poison is more difficult to purge than any chemical substance. It leads individuals to pass over the gifts God has given them and bring reproach upon the cause of Christ by abusing positions of influence that they are either not gifted to occupy or are not mature enough to handle wisely. 

God is capable of both revealing our gifts and guiding us as we seek to exercise them for his glory. God's gifts are not static, they grow as our faith grows. Even if we are a skilled professional in the corporate world, God still leads us gingerly into his service. When we humbly accept opportunities that appear to be insignificant, we allow God to craft us into instruments of greater usefulness. As our connection with our Heavenly Father grows, our ability to depend on him to use us as he sees fit grows as well. 

As you ask God to reveal your gifts and where he desires you to use them, do not wait for grand large scale revelations. God wisely does not typically first employ us on the main stage. Listen humbly and you will not fail to hear the master's voice. Remember that Jesus is meek and lowly in heart, and it is when we yield our pride to such meekness that we join him where he is. Regardless how simple or lowly some opportunities may appear, the joy of knowing we are answering his call is just as sweet in the valley as it is on the mountaintop. In fact the sweetness of humble service is easiest to discern because it is free of the interference caused by praise and recognition.

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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