think of yourself with sober Romans 12:3
Paul puts this statement right before he talks about the differing gifts in the church, and how they are meant to be used together, to create a body, a unity. I don’t think that’s an accident. I believe what Paul is trying to tell us is that we should be aware of our gifts, and not be fearful about using them. We’re not to become puffed up and proud, but rather realistic, knowing our own gifts, and appreciating the contributions of others as also necessary and valuable.
Now, we might discover our gifts through the normal course of daily life; but then again, we might not. Often we become caught up in the expectations and perceptions of others; we don’t listen to God as carefully as we should. We get caught up in what seems to be our “duty” and neglect the things that are really most important (shades of Mary and Martha!). I can do this so easily. There are so many good things in the church that need doing, how can I choose wisely?
One way is to know your gifts. This has helped me tremendously, especially when I need to say no. One author I read recently said, “Do the things that only you can do.” At the very least, we should be giving those things priority. I’m trying to apply this to my own life. What are the things, at home, at church, in the community that I can do best? What are the things that will probably go undone, if I don’t take up God’s challenge to get them accomplished?
If you haven’t taken a spiritual gifts assessment, I’m going to provide a link so you can do this. It will help you say yes to the opportunities that are right for you. The things God wants you to do in the body of Christ. Think about your gifts with sober judgement. You can start here:
Then click on Spiritual Gifts Survey to find an assessment of your gifts.