Monday, March 09, 2009

Motivate Me Monday: Let Us Use Them

Below is something that I received and read occasionally. It is from Hannah's Cupboard. (Which happens to be another place all of us ladies can go check out for "motivation") This is a lesson that I all too often forget.

There is not one person in the Body of Christ without some God given gift to share. For some reason, this is not a well known fact. Well, maybe in theory it is known but in practice it is not really believed by all.

I have a gift? Moi? No, not really, I don't have any gifts. End of story. It would be like an organ in our body saying; "I'm useless; I just sit here quietly and do my own thing and all the other organs work around me." Actually, when the body takes that attitude we call it "disease."

The Bible says this: "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them." (Romans 12:5-6)

So I say, are you using your gifts? Please use your gifts - they are so needed! If your gift is small it can become larger with use. You know that muscles expand with use; practicing a musical instrument brings improvement; working the garden yields growth. Un-used, your gift may seem puny, but in use, it will produce a huge harvest.

If you somehow feel inadequate or feel your gift is insignificant you are no different than everyone else before they launched into the work of the kingdom. Only Christ who is our head is perfectly adequate and magnificently significant. Yet he passed out gifts to all of us, every single one. Let us use them.

The reason that this inspires me is because my gift is not really one of motivating others. I can't quote verses out of the bible (but I can tell you I know it is in there somewhere), I can't tell you where you can find important events in the bible (but I can tell you they are in there!) BUT there are other things I can do!!!

  1. I can continue to grow "in the word" by ready my bible....and reading "Motivateational Monday"
  2. Pray, pray, pray!
  3. Be a Christian example for others
  4. Be a listening ear
  5. Did I mention...prayer??? :-)

There are many more things I can do but these are the ones I am definitely going to strive for right now!


Sarah Mae said...

So true, so good! I used to really struggle with the "gift" thing...we just have to trust God that He knows what He's doing with us! :)

Friend Chick said...

We are learning about how to use our gifts right now in my Sunday School class. It's called Finding Your Sweet Spot. Really interesting and tons of great info. I'm going to post about what I'm learning pretty soon. Great post! Thanks.

Kyla said...

Great minds think alike! I've been reading and studying Max Lucado's Cure for the Common Life . . . which goes through some steps in find your gifts.

It's sad to say that many of us (myself included) don't really know what our gifts are . . . but there ARE some things that we can do, just like you've stated!

Thanks so much for sharing this!