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. 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 12:4-8 NIV
The Bible tells us that each of us is created in the image of God and with specific purposes for contributing to his kingdom here on earth. We were created uniquely and with our own “supply” of talents and abilities that we were given to bring glory to God and to share the message of the Gospel.
That’s great, you say. Talents and abilities… just one more of those mysteries of the Bible, you say, because you don’t have a clue as to what yours are.
But it’s not a mystery. And even though you might not think so, you do have at least some idea of what yours are. Think about it:
- What do you enjoy doing?
- What makes you feel accomplished or at ease?
- What activities do you gravitate towards when you have free time?
- What character traits are you complimented on?
- What do people say they like or admire about you?
- What ministries or volunteer opportunities pique your interest and make you feel good about doing?
- Which ones make you nervous and uptight?
- What activities or responsibilities do you find unenjoyable and stressful?
The things you enjoy doing, are good at, and make you feel accomplished and fulfilled—these are your God-given talents and abilities. No, they aren’t all what some might consider to be ministry-related talents, but that’s only because we might be guilty of putting ministry in a box.
I know a couple that lives within a couple of miles of a major medical facility. This couple willingly and regularly opens their home to out-of-town family members of patients as a place to take a nap, enjoy a hot shower, and relax with a cup of coffee that isn’t from the hospital cafeteria.
So remember… no matter what your talents and abilities, they can be used to bring God glory and to share the message of the Gospel.
Are you a sought-after handyman? Make yourself available to the elderly in your church, and fix things that need fixing at the church.
Do you enjoy sewing or other handiwork? Offer to teach the younger girls and women basic skills. Or alter repair clothing for nursing home patients, or families in need.
Photography skills can come in handy for taking family photos, creating a church directory, or capturing moments of special church events and programs.
Cooking skills can help families needing help with meals, to welcome visitors and newcomers in your church, or to provide snacks for youth group events.
Tutoring for little or no charge is something many families could benefit from without putting a dent in their budget they really can’t afford.
Money-management skills are something numerous couples and families have benefitted from when given by someone with a Christian perspective.
Childcare, eldercare, a love for art, reading, or crafts can all be shared with your church family.
Lawn care, landscaping, gardening skills, and homemaking skills are all valuable and definitely fall under the “category” of women teaching/mentoring women to be Godly wives and mothers.
Simply preparing classroom materials and activities for those who teach is a HUGELY important ministry that no teacher underestimates the value of.
Praying on behalf of others, opening your home to those in need… it’s all ministry.
I said it once (or twice), but I’ll say it again because it is worth repeating… no matter what your talents and abilities, they can be used to bring God glory and to share the message of the Gospel.
~ By Darla Noble
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