You’ve been given a gift, but it’s not for you to keep.
We’re about halfway through this journey to discover your calling. So far, we have looked at the created you, how God fashioned and formed you into a unique individual for his glory. He designed you to function in a way that brings you joy, gifting you with abilities and strengths. In addition to the created you we have also looked at the fallen you and how God has shepherded you through your entirely unique life story: the high points, the low points, the heroes, and the healing.
After Creation and the Fall, comes Redemption. This is the place where God picks you out, picks you up from the pit and makes you his own. You… the created you, the fallen you, and the redeemed you. He is in the process of redeeming it all, all the parts that make you you into something for his glory.
So we’re not trying to get to know ourselves better so that we can live a better life, we’re trying to get to know ourselves better so we can better see what God has called us to.
When God redeems you, he also calls you. And one of the first things he calls you to is the body of Christ. God has chosen the metaphor of “a body” to explain to us how we relate to one another as redeemed people. We are connected, just like the parts of a body. And we are all necessary for the body to function the way it’s supposed to.
You see, he hasn’t given any one of us everything, but he’s given each of us something.
That “something” is your spiritual gift.
Your spiritual gift has been given to you not for you to keep, but for you to give away. As 1 Corinthians 12:7 has it: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
So what is your spiritual gift? Read the rest of 1 Corinthians 12 to get an idea of the big picture of the body of Christ. Your gifts may be evident to you or the people around you (you might want to ask them). If you need some help or just want a fresh look at your gifts, take this online assessment and see what you learn. It’s free, and might prove very helpful.
We’ll be looking more closely at your spiritual gifts for the next several days, so go find out what they are!
Daily Journal Question: What are your spiritual gifts? Take the online assessment and record your results.
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