Our Gifts Belong to Each Other

It’s been my experience that when it comes to spiritual gifts, most of us either don’t know what our gifts are, or we are waiting for someone to give us permission to use them. Then there are Christians who know what their gifts are and know how to use them, but they have convinced themselves that because of burnout, or because they were not celebrated as they’d hoped to be, that it’s okay to warm the bench and put their God- given gifts back in the box.

I’ve made it one of my missions in life to help individuals know their gifts, see their on-ramps to use them for the good of the Church, and get busy having an impact on God’s kingdom. I have a hard time settling for anything less, because your gifts belong to me. And my gifts? Well, they belong to you.

First Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” When you use your gifts, it benefits me. When I use my gifts, it benefits you. And when we don’t, the whole Body suffers.

I love the simple, straightforward command found in Romans 12:6: “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” You’ve got God-given gifts. Get busy using them! Our gifts aren’t meant to sit on a shelf and be observed. They are meant to be given back and forth among the children of God. May we learn to use our gifts daily to serve others and build up the kingdom of Christ.

Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Do you see them as belonging to the “one anothers” in your life? Ask the Lord to help you maximize your gifts for the good of His kingdom.

Adapted from Living Out the One Anothers of Scripture: A 30-Day Devotional