Have you ever watched an athlete in the Olympics or someone on TV who seems to have amazing talent and possess superpowers? I mean, how can they be that good, right? Well, what’s your superpower? What are you amazing at?
In this article, I want to talk about skill, talent, and spiritual gifts. God created every person and He also equipped each person with certain abilities unique from one another. Each person has a varying group of interests and talents. But it’s not often until that person identifies what these talents are and starts practicing and honing them that the amazing starts to come out. Have you been practicing?
So much talent gets wasted in our society today. Everything is easy and convenient and doesn’t take tremendous skills. Kids in school aren’t challenged and people don’t have to work their land and create things and fix the broken stuff. Just go buy the tool or hire out the work seems to be the norm. Not only that, but social media, video games, and electronic devises have created a form of walking-dead among us.
Furthermore, I want to add that Satan wants you and me to be lazy and to not hone our skills. By doing this, we are limited and even prevented from achieving higher goals that God has for each of us. Did you know that God has a plan for you? Did you know that the skills and talents and gifts you were given were given to you for His Glory?
That’s right. God wants you to learn about the things that you’re good at and put them to good use to help advance His Kingdom here on earth. Not only that, but also so that you can excel and prosper and live the life God intended.
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What is your spiritual gift?
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
Sometimes when you are talking to someone who is discouraged and you ask them about their gifts and talents, they might say, “I don’t have any talents or gifts.” Well, that’s terrible; God must’ve made a mistake and missed giving them their gift of talent. But we know that God didn’t miss them or forget to give them any talents. The skills and talents and gifts of the individual are just dormant and appear hidden.
In this Scripture, you are told that the Holy Spirit administers gifts to each person for the profit of the church body. Each spiritual gift given is meant for the benefit of other believers, as well as, for those that God has prepared their heart to receive His Word.
The Scripture also clearly says at the end that the Holy Spirit distributes these gifts as He pleases to whom He pleases. Not everyone is given the gift of speaking in tongues; not everyone is called to be a healer or a prophet or a Pastor. But everyone is meant to do something. It’s up to you to get involved with a church and participate often to release your gift; maybe even to realize your gift if you don’t know what you have.
Most everyone does have a gift of service in some fashion. Can you be helpful? Can you offer yourself to pitch in when you see a need? This is a start.
Perhaps you already know what your spiritual gifting is. Are you using it the way God intended? Are you making a difference in the only thing that is truly important in this life – God’s Kingdom?
Do you use your skills and talents?
Knowing what your skills are is one thing, but actually using them in life is quite another. Many people won’t use their skills as their day job. Instead, they often do whatever they can for work and as for their skills and talents, they use them more like a hobby on weekends or maybe in the evenings.
I suppose it’s not possible for every person to identify their skills and then create the ideal job that matches that skillset, but I do think that it’s possible to search out and identify what skills you have that do relate to your current job or placement in life.
God calls each of us to be good stewards of all that He gives and putting your abilities to work is a sign of good stewardship.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
My wife and I are a team in this writing ministry. I write and she makes it possible for you to read it. We rely on each other to do our parts. Without her technical skills, all I have is a bunch of notes, as I don’t have the technical skills needed to maintain a website and to market. However, without my writing skills, she would have a beautifully designed website with nothing on it.
When I first started writing, it wasn’t very good. After a couple of years of writing now, it’s improved some. Of course, it’s up to me to learn the craft and study others who are much better and who have set a benchmark for what constitutes good writing. Although I have a long way to go still, I am at least using the talent.
Are you using your talents to glorify God?
I didn’t start out writing to help advance the Kingdom of God. Instead, I started with personal development in an attempt to help people and encourage them to become their best. In due time, I came to realize that it’s God who allows and helps people to become their best. And, in my writings, I was leaving God out. So, I decided to use my writing for good; for God.
When I made this switch, I felt like I was now doing good and that I was serving a purpose. God wants you to identify what your skills and talents are, but He wants you to use them for His work. Is there a way that you can help share the Good News of Christ using your talents?
These days, setting a good example of courtesy and respect and love for others seems to be a talent. Our world has become a fast-paced self-driven place, and I guess this shouldn’t surprise me or anyone considering that this world belongs to the devil.
But we are called to be a light in a dark world. We are called to stand out for Jesus. Well, what better way to stand out then to showcase your great talents as a superpower that causes others to question how you are so good, right?
What is your best talent? Are you a musician? Play songs that glorify God and share them with others; Are you a great cook? Help out at church and community functions that are offering food to the public and be a good example and witness for Christ.
We all get too caught up with using our talents to elevate ourselves and to make others envy us. But it’s God that we should be concerned with. Use your talents to glorify God and to lead people to God. By doing this, God will be pleased with you. The devil has done a good job at making people think that this world and the 100 years or so that we live is all there is. But in reality, this near-century on earth that most of us have is just a fraction of a smidge of time compared to eternity that we all face.
You are responsible to maintain a relationship with Jesus for yourself so that you will spend eternity in Heaven. However, you’re also responsible to be a light for Jesus in this dark world using your talents and spiritual gifts so that others can come to know who Jesus is and how they too can gain Salvation.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Your light is Jesus in you; your light is the fruit of the Spirit of God in you; your light is your God-given gifts and talents. Are you letting your light shine brightly?
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God gives gifts and talents to first, glorify Him, and second, to help others. However, so many people aren’t putting these skills to use, and they are going to waste. God has an amazing plan for you if you would step out in faith and find out what it is. It’s by making yourself available to God while being in the right spiritual condition that He can and will use you.
The men and women who have reached the highest levels of ministry and missionary work were once sitting in their bedrooms wondering what skills they had, if any, or where they would go in life. We all start at ground-zero. But it’s the willing who are able to advance and develop superpowers that really move the Kingdom of God.
What are your superpowers? How could you use these to glorify God and benefit the church body of Christ? Every day that you wake up you are given another chance to do the work God has called you to do. Do you hear Him? Do you know what work He wants you to do?
All you have to do is ask and take a step forward in faith.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.