How many times do we hear that someone is being used? A girl is being used for sex. A boy is being used to make someone jealous. A man is being used at his job but with no credit given to him. A woman is being used simply because her heart is big, and she has trouble saying “no.” It’s in our every day life. I bet you know someone who is being used for something right now. Maybe it’s even you.
Have you ever thought about being used for good? That almost sounds absurd, right?
But each man has his own gift from God;
One of this kind, and one of another.
I Corinthians 7:7 Amplified
God has equipped us all with a gift, and he desires for us to use our gifts for his glory. Do you know what your gift is? I didn’t know mine until I was in my 20s because no one had ever taught me that God had given me a gift of any kind. I don’t want you to wait that long. Start searching now to find your gift (or gifts), and then you can learn how to develop them.
Take a moment to read 1 Corinthians chapter 12. The entire chapter focuses on the different spiritual gifts. Those listed are just a few God blesses us with. Gifts come in so many different forms. Maybe you are good at fixing things, or maybe you can create amazing computer presentations. You may even be a great listener or a good writer. All of these things are gifts given to you by God.
After you have read through the chapter, look back on things that you enjoy doing. Is there anything you do that people constantly compliment you on (ie volunteering, singing, understanding people)? It could be that you have found your gift already. Maybe one immediately stands out to you as you read, and you are certain that it is your gift. If not, then you can take a spiritual gifts inventory test to see where your strengths lie. If your church does not have one available for you, you can find many different ones online. I encourage you to take one of these if you have not already done so.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
I would love to hear your thoughts of your own gifts. WHAT SETS YOU APART?