The Gift in All of Us
by Paige Omartian
Have you ever wondered if you have a talent? Have you worried that you’re not good at anything? As tempting as it might seem to look at your prodigy brother and think that you got gypped in the family talent genes, you were given a brilliant, unique set of gifts that are specific to you. Though not all gifts are initially as noticeable as others, every single one of us has them…and not one person has been left out. “Into every heart, God wisely assembled a set of gifts and talents uniquely designed to fulfill one specific destiny. Implicit in this action is a charge to you: Know who you are and use what He has given you to speak to the world.”
Our talents are not just about “being good at something,” but are instilled in us for a much bigger, better reason. Our gifts pave our life’s road and are the tools with which we live out our purpose. They aren’t just for decoration…they are to be used, expanded, and generously given.
In the Bible, God refers to each of our gifts as parts of a larger movement. We, as God’s church, make up what the apostle Paul calls the body of Christ: “We are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t” (Romans 12:4-6 msg).
We are part of something bigger than ourselves. Yet at the same time, each of our roles are irreplaceable. Just as our bodies can’t function properly without our leg, nose, or eye, so the body of Christ can’t function properly without you. First Corinthians 12:18-20, 27 says, “But in fact God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body…Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
If each one of us is a part in this body of Christ, then what God wants to give through each one of us is essential! We individually bring something different to the whole—something that the rest of the body struggles to function without. What beautiful proof that each one of us is charged with a special purpose!
One of the things that makes every gift so special is that each one is an attribute of God Himself. The Creator of the Universe has entrusted us with pieces of Himself to live out in this world. As The Message translation of the Bible puts it, “Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful” (1 Corinthians 12:7).
How does it make you feel to know that who you are is a piece of the image of God Himself?
Taken from: Wake Up, Generation. Copyright © 2012 by Paige Omartian. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. Used by permission.