I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
If you’re old enough, you may remember this statement from the movie, Chariots of Fire. It is the true life story of Eric Liddell, and Olympic runner who went on to become a missionary and teacher in China.
When I think about spiritual gifts, my mind always goes to this quote, because I believe that God made us in a certain way, with an aptitude and ability to do certain things well, and when we discover that “sweet spot” for serving, we do indeed feel His pleasure. There is no better feeling in the world because in that moment we become our true and authentic self, the person God meant us to be. It’s a taste of heaven on earth.
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it[ says:
“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.” Ephesians 4:7-8
God Himself gave us a purpose and He gave us the spiritual gifts needed to accomplish it. Our job is to align our life with God’s desire for us. Only there will we find true freedom and joy. Will we be able to do this perfectly? No way! However, through prayer, through a realistic assessment of our gits and talents and through His grace, we can come closer day by day.
As spiritual gifts coordinator for St. Paul’s, I’m hoping to help others, one step at a time, to discover their gifts and then put them to use. This excites me because one of my prominent gifts is encouragement. God made me to encourage others in their walk of faith. Here’s the definition of the gift of encouragement:
ENCOURAGEMENT: The gift of encouragement is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to minister words of comfort, consolation, encouragement and counsel to other members of the Body in such a way that they feel helped and healed. Contributes: Affirmation.
There are so many ways to use the gift of encouragement. I hope my writing and this blog encourages others; when I teach Adult Sunday School, I hope to encourage our class to not only learn about God’s Word, but apply it to their lives; when I send a card or note, my desire is for it to encourage the receiver.
Maybe encouragement is your gift as well. If so, how have you used it? I’d like to hear more.