“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” - 1 Corinthians 12:7. “...by love serve one another.” - Galatians 5:13b.
I am thankful for diversity. We are not all the same, and that is a good thing. Sometimes I wish others were more like me, but I know myself well enough to know the world can only handle one me! The truth is that not one person on this earth has the same DNA, fingerprints, or unique features as you. That is not true physically, it is true emotionally and spiritually… you are unique. God made you special, and has blessed you with special gifts and talents. One preacher said it well, “God made you, and God doesn’t make any junk.” There is great potential in your life to be used for the glory of God and the good of others. Some of you are thinking “about time someone realized how special I am.” Others might be thinking, “I don’t have any unique or special gifts… I’m just here in the background.” The wonderful truth is that God has blessed each on of His children with special gifts and talents at the moment of salvation. These are called spiritual gifts. There are wonderful spiritual gifts test available that can help you identify what you gift is, and how you can best use your gift to be an asset to your local church, the Body of Christ.
In Exodus we read about two men, Bezaleel and Aholiab. They were filled with wisdom from God to accomplish all the work needed to construct the tabernacle. I love the fact that these men are given attention, because most people don’t know who they are. Often we think of the great heros of the faith like Moses, Aaron, and Joshua. These men were greatly used by God, but the honest truth is that Bezaleel and Aholiab were just as used by God! They submitted themselves to be used however God could use them, and God chose to use their handyman skills. God equipped them to build. The Tabernacle would not have been accomplished had these men not been enabled by God and willing.
You may be thinking that you have no talents, or at least none that would be useful in ministry. You may not be able to teach a class, sing a special, preach, or even get up in front of a large group of people (or 2-3 for that matter). God uses people with those skill sets, but He also delights in using people with other skills. God can use you turning a wrench, fixing a church van, unclogging a toilet, giving to someone in need, or just doing some behind the scenes work. The key is to be WILLING and submitted.
When God calls on you to do something, be willing to do it with open arms. According to 1 Corinthians 12-14, God has equipped each church with the members necessary for that body to function. When someone fails to do their job, the whole church suffers because of it. You are unique and special, and God has equipped YOU with a special skill that only you can accomplish. How are you involved in your local church? What is your Spiritual gift? Is there an area where God could use your Spiritual gift? Have you talked to the pastor to see how you can serve?
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 33 - 35
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.”