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Author - Olajide Fatogun James
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We are all gifted with different kinds of gift, God gives His children different kind of Gifts.

Some gifts are public; while some are done behind the scenes.

Some are used when the church gathers while many are used outside church meetings.

Our God is so great, so creative, so generous, and so wonderful, we wouldn't expect Him to give only a few gifts.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change - James 1:17.

 

God's gift are gifts of His Garce (undeserved, free, unmerited).

God gives gifts because that's His nature. He gives everyone of His children at least one gift and usually more than one.

 

All our gifts are gifts of the Spirit - they are spiritual gifts. Even gifts that seem to be natural or unspiritual. All gifts even the ones that seems unspiritual are purposed for building up the body of Christ  - Eph. 4:11-12  which in one way or the other serves as a benefit to mankind.

Every gift is service-natured. God gives us gifts to serve others. They are not for ourselves. If someone has the gift of giving, it isn't so she can go and buy herself presents.

 

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied Grace- 1 Pet. 4:10

 

What if I don't know what my Gift Is??

Just start serving wherever you can and God will make it clear. Serve wherever there is a need. As you serve God will make it clear. Other people will confirm it.

 

When I was a young believer, one of my friends needed body work to be done on her car. I knew nothing about body work, but she needed help. So I went to the spare parts store bought the necessary materials and fixed the dent on her door. I just wanted to serve wherever I could. And it became clear that day that auto repairs was not my gift.

 

Don't limit yourself. Don't say "well, I have the gift of teaching so I can't serve as an usher or a chorister."

I've heard people say to me it's their first sunday hereamidst brethren and they have a ministry as a teacher. My first thought is "So you have the gift of teaching? How about helping us set up chairs?" smiles..

 

To one He gave five talents, to another two, to another, one, to each according to his ability. Then He went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them and he made five talents more.- Matt. 25:15-16

 

Serve in any way you can. If you can serve in any way in the church, great! But you can use your gifts in many ways outside the church. You can give someone an encouraging word when you run into them in a restaurant, shopping mall, etc. You can pray for someone over coffee at the local coffee shop. You can give money to the church and the poor. You can serve in a campus fellowship. Every tiny act of service is pleasing to God. If you drink someone a drink of water in Jesus' name you won't lose your reward.

 

Sometimes life's circumstances may limit us. If someone suffers from a sickness or other physical condition, God doesn't expect them to be out washing cars. But they can pray for someone. 

I would want us to learn from this virtuous woman Susannah Spurgeon.

Spurgeon's wife Susannah became an invalid at the age of 33 and could scarcely be part of her husband's services. She was restricted to her bedroom for long periods of time, yet she encouraged her husband, raised godly children, and started a fund for supplying theological books to clergymen and ministers too poor to buy them. Is that not a heart of service??

Of course it is! Not just to God but to humanity!!

 

You have a spiritual gift, USE THAT GIFT! Serve in any way you can, wherever there's need, minute or enormous! 

Even if it seems mundane.  As you serve, God will make your gifts clear and He will use you as a source of blessings.

 

You want to live a fulfilled life??

Then leave a print well imaged in every soul that you come in contact with!

 





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Olajide Fatogun James
I am Fatogun Olajide James, a lover of God and humanity. I love reading and studying, travelling and discovering new things. I write articles @MFMCF FUTO.
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