Gifted For Our Good23rd August 2017
We are all granted with different gifts, yet we continue to look down on ourselves, thinking we are still lacking.
When we compare ourselves with other people we look towards to things we do not have or something we are not as good at. Everyone wants something we don’t have or want to be better at something, but what we really need is to be happy with what we have.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8
Something we need to keep in mind is we need to let the Holy Spirit take control of us. As Christians, in whatever we do, we should do with a right heart; not for the purpose to impress others. Use the gifts, that God has granted us, to glorify His name. He will continue to reveal his greatness to us. With these gifts, we are able to come together with other Christians and serve as a church. We are all like different organs of a human body, having different functions and specialist in different tasks; so we need to unite and serve as the body of Christ. Whenever there’s a void, there is always someone there to fill it and whenever there isn’t, we ask God to help make things work. We should not look at our gifts as an individual and think about our disadvantages. We cannot be good at everything because we are not perfect. But as we continue to let our Holy Spirits serve God, he will do good things through us. Whatever gift we have been given, trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us in the direction that is the best for us.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30
God has already predestined us to be moulded like Jesus and that we will glorified with him one day. He has called us according to his purpose and he works all things for good for those who love him. It is in all things he works through, sufferings or blessings, he will graciously give to us for our good. Let’s not get a little disheartened about hearing the word ‘sufferings’, we should thank God for them!
“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
In the end, everything we do points to God and everything He does point back to us. As said in
Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us”
we should not be so focused on our sufferings because they are nothing near as mighty as God’s glory. When we love God, we need to learn to look past our sufferings for the good in the end. God controls all things and as children of God, he will give us all things for our good because he loves us.