Gifts From the Creator
Passions. Gifts. Talents. Dreams. We all have them, and we all live through the tension of how to use these pursuits for the glory of God and the good of others. The Stewardship Series is a series of installments from the Impressions Team designed to discuss those innate gifts God has given each one of us, and how to steward them for the glory of His Kingdom.
One of the most important realizations I’ve ever had is this:
God took time and put genuine thought into which unique gifts He was going to instill into each and every individual.
As sons and daughters of the Almighty Creator, each of us were given spiritual gifts when we were created, and these gifts were given to us with the sole intent of worshiping our amazing Father, bringing blessings into the lives of others, and giving humanity the opportunity to partner alongside the Creator of the Universe in advancing the Kingdom of Heaven.
Sometimes, however, when it comes to stewarding our spiritual gifts, it can be easy to fall into the trap of wanting to pursue gifts that God hasn’t intended for us. We live in a society that thrives on comparison, and everywhere we look we see "picture perfect" images flooding our eyes, making us think that we what we have to offer isn't good enough, isn't cool enough, isn't kind enough, or just isn't enough in general.
But, in 1 Corinthians 12:11 it says “All these [gifts] are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.”
Our Father determined how He was going to gift every single one of us and to what degree He would give us these gifts before we were even born.
It's all apart of His divine plan. Who He has created you to be, gifts and all, is perfectly enough. Comparison is a thief of joy, and when we compare our gifts and talents to that of others, it diminishes the creative and intentional work of the Father in our lives. And who are we to tell the God of the Universe that how He created us wasn't enough? No, God has a purpose in all that He does, and we can rest assured that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. // I Peter 4:10
Faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.
How amazing is it, that our gifts can be used as vessels for God's grace to be poured out in various ways into the lives of others? We were literally created to partner with the Lord, faithfully serving Him and serving others. How insane is that? So often, we spend our entire lives trying to find our purpose when it’s spelled out for us as clear as day - take your gifts and use them to spread the good news of the Gospel and serve those around you with the genuine heart of Jesus.
Don't ever stop pursuing and perfecting your spiritual gifts, and don't be afraid to use them to their fullest potential. If you’re gifted in worship - help those who have trouble in that area find the words to praise our Father! If you’re an amazing prayer warrior - intercede for those who struggle with talking to Him find that connection and feel heard by their Heavenly Father!
There is no better gift that you could ever receive than the knowledge that you have genuinely helped another human being with their walk in their faith. Nothing is more important than being a disciple and sharing God’s amazing works and promises with the whole world, so do it in any way that He has been generous enough to provide for you!
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self- discipline. // II Timothy 1:6-7
Full of passion and lacking in fear, take your gifts, your voice, your heart, your mind, and proclaim the gospel of Heaven to the world. That is why we’re here. To help build the Kingdom and encourage those whom we cross paths with to steward their gifts to the same capacity. You were made for such a beautiful purpose - once you find your gift don’t let it go to waste and don’t take any of it for granted for you are vital to the cause of Christ.