“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
– Romans 12:6-8
As I think about spiritual gifts, I think back to when I worked in the oil field. When you were a new hire just starting out, you were referred to as a “worm”. Being a worm in the oil field was a tough, dirty job. It could get even dirtier being new because you were picked on a lot – kind of like an initiation. The chain of command on the drilling site was Pusher, Driller, Derrick Hand, Motorman, Pipe Hand and Floor Hand. Each one had a specific job and each one was important. After starting as a worm, I became interested in what the other jobs were and wanted to move up. So when someone quit, if you were interested in that position, you could move into that role.
Spiritual gifts, to me, have never been that way – you don’t get your choice. When you receive God’s gift of free salvation, you are given certain spiritual gifts. Do you ever wish you had different spiritual gifts than what you were given? I know what my spiritual gifts are, and I can always tell when I am not in my gifted zone. It’s not that the Lord cannot use me in different areas, but I do believe that God puts us in different positions to grow us so maybe that gift can grow stronger the more time you spend doing it.
However, I know where my giftedness is the strongest. Sometimes unfortunately we/I can focus on others’ gifts, thinking that they are better than the gifts God has given you or me. As frustrating as it can be, remember this verse. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14
Pray: Lord God, I come to You, to ask You to help me accept myself as I am. I often criticize myself and compare myself to others. Please help me love myself as I am, to see myself as you see me. Please help me to accept the way You made me. Give me the knowledge and the wisdom to change the things I can and accept the things I can’t. In Jesus Name Amen!
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