I have found myself getting caught up in the comparison trap lately. I have discovered that it has mostly been in my ministry and how I minister to others. Sometimes I look at the “big” things others are doing things for the kingdom. Some people drop everything they are doing to go and help rebuild cities. Some people continually use social media to point others to Christ. Some individuals are really generous with giving their money to a cause, the church, or others who need it. Others get to be up in front teaching, preaching, and leading others in worship. I will look at the talents and gifting of others, and almost discredit the ones God has given to me. I think that because my faith and my walk look different, there is something wrong with me and where I am.
This past week, God brought me to the following passage of scripture: “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Romans 12:6-8 (NLT)
It just reminds me that God has designed each of us to be unique. We were all created differently, in order to be the person God needed us to be, in the position and places He has us. For me, this week God reminded me that my personality is exactly what is needed to be the person to welcome and help others connect here at LCC. Of the gifts listed above, encouragement is one of my stronger giftings. I can’t tell you how many times God has given me the words to say, or placed people on my heart who have just needed encouragement. I may not do things the way others do, but that’s okay. God doesn’t want all of us to minister to each other the same way…that’s why He made us all different. Instead of looking at the ways others serve, love, encourage, or minister, I simply need to think through what my greatest strengths are and rest in that. I can’t be something I’m not, and God doesn’t ask me to be. He has given me the gifts I have for a reason. I don’t have to be like everyone else; I don’t have to minister like everyone else. God asks me to be the person He has created me to be, and to use my gifts and talents to bring Him glory.
What is your gift? I want to encourage you this week to really discover the gifting God has given to you, and ask Him how to better utilize them. Ask Him how you can use those gifts and talents for His purpose and His kingdom. Embrace your gifts and allow God to use the uniqueness He created in you to minister to others the way only you can.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
1 Corinthians 12:4-5 (NLT)