How to Identify Your God-Given Talents

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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    Samarpan Thorat says

    very nice message.

    God bless you.

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    Diane says

    Thank you so much for all of your very anointed and helpful messages. May God bless all of you and your families always! <3

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    Flo says

    Thank you. Clear, concise and to the point.

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    Joe says


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    Ernest Agbeshie says

    I’ve been searching and searching to find what exactly my God given talent because I look empty as though I was born without talent. However, with what I’ve just read , am not empty, I can’t say I was born without talent. I remember many years ago I was tag with name,”Jack of all trades, master of none ” it shows that I can do soo many minor things. Thanks for putting this on the internet

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    Carol Rice says

    Thank you very much for sharing your incite. Proverbs 17:16 was put in my spirit two days ago early in the morning. I prayed searched scriptures to gain an understanding as to what He wanted me know and do. I thank Him for using you to expound on the message He want to convey. We really do serve an awesome and faithful God!!!

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    Charles jnr says

    thank you for the write up… I understand better now 🙏

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    Domenica says

    I was never sure what my talents were ,after looking at your questions i Believe GOD gave me a heart for helping people , thank you for being a blessing

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    Karl says

    Hi, thanks alot for this revelation. Please I will love to understand more, am very good with my hands, a create anything I see with proper guidelines, fix things also but I’m confused on which skill to pursue. At the moment I’m an undergraduate mathematics student and I’m struggling with the course what should I do thanks.

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    yvonne says

    Now i uderstand about talents but my queston is that if you pray for gifts God can gave you

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    Victoria Binabiba says

    Am so blessed reading this piece. Very help.

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    Tony Rivera says

    Interested in free book about god given gifts

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