Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gifts, By Leah F.


By Leah F.

Have you ever thought about your purpose? Your worth? How have you ever thought about what you wanted to be as an adult? Have you ever wondered what your gifts are? What you were made to do? When your a teenager, or just growing up, we start think about jobs, majors in college, and just how you will end up in life.

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."(Romans 12:4-5 NIV)

This verse is talking about how your body has lots of "members". Like you have your arms, your legs, your head. But can the arm do the heads job? The head the legs job? No! These verses are explaining that we need all the different parts to do what they are food at to make a whole. And then we get to the body of the church. We all, with our different parts make one body.

The Bible goes on to say:
"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 NIV)
So just how the head can't do the legs part, can the pastor do the car repair man's job? Can the singer do the sewer's job? No, we all have our gifts, which then shows us our job. If your gift is teaching people, you might want to consider being a teacher. If your gift is showing mercy, then consider mission trips, and as the verse says "do it cheerfully".

These verses are showing that with all your different gifts and jobs that God has given you, we use them all to God's glory to make the body of the church. We might not be praising God in our job, but if we remember who gave us those gifts, and we use them for good and what they are intended for, we are praising God. We are also being an example to those who see us. I go to a Christian school, and whenever we go on some sort of field-trip, we are told to make sure we are an example to those who see us. If non-Christians see how you act, you might not have to preach to convert them! Just show the gifts God has given you!

So, what are your gifts? What special purpose has God given you to use for his Glory? Think about, talk to you parents, or your pastor. Find out how you can best help your church body. As my youth pastor says, "Help our big family."


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