We all have passions, goals, dreams, and talents. When entering a relationship, and commitment to Christ, it is important to realize God will use all parts of our lives for His good.
This certainly includes who we are as a person and our natural talents.
Before jumping into this post, I want to tell you a short parable God has used to impact me as a blogger.
Matthew 25:12-30 – Parable Of The Talents
Basically, a man goes out and gives coins (talents) to his servants. Two out of three invest in the money, making more off of the interest. The last goes and hides his one talent. When the man returns he is happy to hear the two servants went out and made more. But he is extremely disappointed with the last servant.
Though this parable speaks of money, I have always looked at the symbolism of our actual talents, and gifts.
As a Christian, we are told in the Great Commission to go to the ends of the earth preaching the gospel. But this also means wherever we go, we should be showing the light of Christ within us.
(NIV) Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Each one of us is gifted.
What Are My Gifts?
“Well, how do I know what my gifts are?”
What does your heart tell you? Many of these gifts are natural to us, though some will develop over time. Take a look at scripture for some answers.
(NIV) Romans 12:05-18, “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 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.”
So the gifts listed in this piece of scripture are:
There are others as well, but this is to give you a basic idea.
My Gift As A Blogger
I have a talent for writing for example, and through my writing, God has shown me how to teach, and give encouragement. Our job, church, community, and other aspects of our life will allow us to use these spiritual gifts.
And we have a promise about these spiritual gifts as well.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 1:07,”Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.”
What God has given us, He will continue to use for us. He will guide us.
But we can’t hide our talent waiting for Him. We need to actively go out and do what God has called us to do.
For me, I know my heart is for believers, to provide written material of encouragement, and guidance. While I work on writing a Christian fantasy book series, which hopefully also helps my family’s income, I need to provide written material now, for free, for believers.
I can’t hide what I have been given.
And you shouldn’t either.
God will always find an opportunity for us when we seek His hand. Go to Him, and seek His will. Don’t hide in the shadows.
Run to the Light.
~T. R. Noble