Friday, December 31, 2010

Gifted and Talented

I'd first like to start by wishing all you beautiful readers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday period. And I hope you didn't overdose on the chocolate (or is that just me?). As the season of gifts has come and gone; an important message has stayed with me which is what I'm sharing with you today.

So many of us young women have talents and skills that we’re proud of. Whether it’s singing or dancing or modelling, there’s a talent most of us would be proud to show off. I can't sing, I can dance okay and I certainly can't model LOL. So I used to sometimes wonder, what is my gift? What is my skill? Why can’t I dance like the girls on TV or why does my voice sound like an angel drowning cat when I attempt to sing. If I could sing, I’d be in my church choir or if I was really good at dancing I could join the dance club in my church. After all, each talent you have is a form of serving God.

I remember when I was first saved and I’d go to church on a Sunday; have a great service and come home thinking, “I want to do more, how can I serve God?” And over the next two years I learnt that serving God not only comes through your prayers but it’s also through your gifts and talents. The author of our faith, our Lord God is the one who blessed you with the talent in the first place, and what better way than to bless other people with it?

Being a Christian doesn’t mean just praying in your room alone, going to church alone and reading your bible alone. Our main aim as Christians is to spread the good news of the gospel to everyone around us.

This doesn’t mean standing outside Oxford Circus station with a microphone shouting; GET SAVED NOW OR DIE (even though I think people who evangelise are incredibly courageous in many ways), this can be simply be through the things you do.

As Christians, we act like a light to the dark world but like Luke 8:16 says what use is a bright lamp if it’s hidden underneath a table? It needs to be on a stand for everyone to see and feel.
If you know you have a good singing voice (not a shower voice like me),

then why not try joining a gospel or Christian choir? If you’re good at acting then perhaps a drama club is the best thing for you. Every single one of us have gifts that God has given us. If you don’t believe me, read for yourself! In Romans 12:6 it says “we have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us”. Each of us has a gift that we may or may not know but the gift is a blessing from God which takes form of a talent or skill that we should develop in order to be a light unto the world.

Some people have the gift of dreams, whereby they may dream of situations that have happened and it may come to pass, or may dream of people that they might need to reach out to. Others have the talent of praying for others; their prayers for others are so full of grace that they can lay hands on the sick and they be healed IN THE NAME OF JESUS. I know one of my gifts is the talent of writing. Many times God puts thoughts on my heart which I then transform into poems and blog posts. Whatever your talent is, you can use it to serve God with; no matter how big or small it is. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might”.

Tapping into your gift is very important, because it’s all well and good knowing your talent but if you don’t develop it, you won’t be able to make full use of it.
Tapping into your gifts requires you to spend time with God also. Even though your gifts and talents may be evidently portrayed in your personality, it is important to lift it up to God for Him to be able to help you channel it into His work. Psalm 119:73 says ‘Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands’. It is important to ask God what he wants you to do and follow his command. As a young woman today, obeying God is key to creating and forming a personal relationship with Christ.

Remember, your gift may not be the same as your best friends! Each and every one of us is a unique individual created in the image and likeness of God, according to His own grace he has given us talents and gifts. So comparing yourself to your friends is pointless. I can say this confidently because I remember me and my friend both being saved and she was really good at singing but of course I wasn’t, so she joined the choir while I thought there was nothing I could do. 2 Tim 1:6 "This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you"

One thing God also showed me is that we don’t realize the importance of our gifts. Sometimes, all it takes is for someone to see you do something that reflects Christ, and through that they experience the love of Jesus for themselves. Even if it’s volunteering at your local charity shop- any outward sign of Christian behaviour is exemplary.
As a young woman in this day and age, it is important to portray a lifestyle that coincides with your beliefs. Your behaviour will determine the type of people that you attract, ESPECIALLY MALES. If you conduct yourself in the way you’d like to be treated, then it shall be so.

Not only are your gifts light unto the world, but they’re like a weapon used to fight the enemies. For example, the gift of prophecy is a powerful tool when going through difficult times because it reminds you of the promises God has made. Deuteronomy 18:15 says that ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you’.

All our gifts and talents serve a purpose in this life so that we won’t have to use them in our next life. Make sure you use them whole-heartedly! They’re one of the few ways we can connect with God directly because as Psalm 145:4-6 says ‘One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.’

Some ways in which you can use what you have to help:
 Ushering at church services
 Singing for a choir
 Sunday school teachings
 Volunteering at Christian bookshops
 Evangelising
 Working with vulnerable people
 And lots more…
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