Using your gifts

December 8th, 2006

Yesterday I watched the movie Sky High with my wife and kids. It was about a special school for kids with super powers. On your first day you were assessed to see the value of your powers and were told if you were a hero or a side kick. As you can imagine all of the kids wanted to be heroes and not side kicks.

As I watched the movie I realised that in life we do the same thing. In our quest to find out what our gifts are we often long for the super hero gifts. The people with power or great strength are often held in high esteem. While those with less attractive gifts are looked on as not as important.

I guess if we put it in church circles we might see the leader or preacher as more important, while seeing the cleaner or dishwasher as less important. The reality is that everyone is just as important as each other. Imagine if the cleaner or dishwasher decided not to do their work at church for a month or two – you would really see the difference!

The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10-11 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ”.

I think these verses say it all. Whatever gift you have, use it to serve others. So whether you have a powerful gift or one that seems less exciting, why not commit it to God and ask Him how He would like you to use it today.

Whether you are a hero or a sidekick, you can still use you gift for God!