What’s Your Talent?- Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
By Brad Hewey
Are you having trouble discovering your spiritual gifts? Brad reminds us that “we can spend a lot of time, focused on what our gift is, when in fact, our gift, like the very person we are, can be a blend of many things.” Contact us at HopeStreamRadio if you have any questions about life, spirituality and God.
I’ve heard many folks express an interest in wanting to learn to play the guitar. They see others playing with ease, a virtual music box at ones fingertips, something that they would so love to master…or even partly capture. Many will start out with hopeful enthusiasm, which often turns to frustration, and disappointment, and a sense that “maybe I’m not cut out for this”. Those are the ones that stop. There are some we could categorize as “natural talents”, seeming to understand the various nuances moving quickly from basic chords, into rythymns and patterns, with a sense of timing, and dynamics that shows they’ve clearly got a gift for it, and they improve in leaps and bounds, and are granted a spot among the “musically gifted”, or naturally talented.
Working Towards Goals
But there are also those, who diligently and earnestly work toward achieving their goal, but don’t have the natural talent to accompany it, therefore their efforts are doubled, and the outcome is halved. And quite probably, they will never be the virtuoso, they will always struggle, and in their own eyes, certainly in the eyes of others, will always fall short of the intended goal.
I’m not mechanically inclined, so anything I do in the line of mechanics, is a very cumbersome task, it certainly doesn’t resonate with me, it’s not very enjoyable. It seems like I have blinders on, I’m never sure if the outcome will be what’s needed, or if it is something that’s even within my grasp.
If I compare myself to those who were born with the talent to put things together, to take them apart, to intuitively know what makes the whole thing tick, it makes me feel very inadequate, I recognize I have few abilities in this area.
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
We can see this same scenario unfold much of the time in the Christian life. There are those in ministry, or in service, in evangelizing, or in leading of Bible study, that inevitably have a gift from God in a particular ministry…always be firing on all cylinders. We sometimes wonder, are they more in tune with his plan for their lives, therefore more equipped to deliver, or have they just been blessed with gifts and talents that we can’t imagine aspiring to?
It goes without saying, God will gift certain of his flock, with gifts that are bold and apparent, and see them used mightily to advance the message of Christs salvation. But that doesn’t excuse us, if we feel less adequate, to stop from pressing on as Paul says, doing our utmost in service for him.
All Gifts Are Rewarded By God
God rewards a faithful giver. All gifts, all work that’s done with a heart for true service will be immensely rewarded. even though the measured result that might be visible here, seems to generate less, have less impact, garner little that’s tangible. However, if we are doing all things, as unto the LORD and working hard at it, he will truly reward us.
Moses petitioned God, he felt inadequate, there were others in his own mind, that would be far more capable of “commanding a presence”, and effectively delivering in what must surely to him, have been the needed mode, for GOD’s glory. But God assured him, Moses was the exact man for the job, God could take his efforts, and multiply them tenfold, and bless a nation, and the untold millions for generations to come.
God Promises To Work In Us
We don’t of course sense, that we are standing on such a precipice, that our actions will result in miraculous events such as parting of seas, and begetting manna from heaven. But we are promised by God, that he will work in us, and through us…that he has searched us and knows us. He knows our downsitting and our uprising, he is acquainted with all our ways. And so, he knows our limitations, he knows our tendencies to wallow in self-doubt, and to fall short, not because of his inability to do marvelous things with us, but because of our inability to see, how much he truly can do.
The gospels highlight the life of our savior, the Son of God, Jesus Christ…they attest to his birth, home life, his baptism, his ministry, his miracles, his atoning death at Calvary, and his resurrection as Lord of Lords, King of Kings. Throughout Jesus’ entire life, consider for a moment those he chose to be his closest companions, 12 ordinary men, who were inferior, and unschooled in many ways, according to the worlds standards. But we like, them, set our mark at the high calling of all things, in Christ Jesus. That is our standard, God is our judge, and he gifts us with abilities that are purposed according to his thoughts, and his ways…which are far above ours.
Is it not plausible, that we have several gifts, and the sum total of them all, is what shapes us, and brings glory to God? How it must please God, to see those of his children, working hard, to the best of their ability, in several areas. And much of their time and energy, for the most part unrecognized. Maybe there’s little praise, for the small Sunday school group of 5 or 6 you’re leading, coupled with the biscuits you dropped off at a sick friends, a card you mailed, prayers you’ve lifted, $20 you payed forward at Tim Hortons, the monthly support to a sponsorship child, or the carpet you vacuumed last week in the basement at your church.
We can spend a lot of time, focused on what our gift is, when in fact, our gift, like the very person we are, can be a blend of many things.
God Blesses Our Gifts
All the things we set out to do, for him, our hodgepodge of gifts, our dab of this, and dollop of that…God will bless them, and they are all making a difference…We may feel sometimes that we’re working haphazardly, without a clear goal, without one definitive focal point, but if our heart is in it for the Lord, it is indeed a labor of love, that will bear out much, undoubtedly more than we might ever see in this life.
Is that not a great gift? To be blessed to serve in a church, in a community of believers where the freedom of God’s spirit allows us to sow seeds of blessing wherever we are able to find soil in need. Praise God for all that have a defined mission, God is using them mightily. Praise God as well, for all those that are picking up many pieces, and working them into a mosaic, an offering, a sweet-smelling savor that is well pleasing to him who makes all things beautiful.
Brad offers up practical, scriptural advice from a perspective borne out of everyday life encounters. As we live and move and have our being…it’s the individual life lessons that most often present the greatest challenges, but can yield the richest blessings. We’ve all, as Christians had those faith affirming moments, where we’ve had an overwhelming sense of God’s spirit, or his very presence “at a particular but, maybe random time”.
Brad was born and still resides in a small community in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, where he and his wife Karen raised their 3 children. Brad & Karen fellowship at the Greenland Bible Chapel, where Brad serves as an elder.
Brad loves meeting and engaging with people. His background in sales has provided opportunities to travel throughout the US and Canada, networking with people from all walks of life. Brad is a singer/songwriter, and has recorded 3 Christian albums. Songs from his “Brighter Day” release, have aired on Christian Radio stations across Canada and two of Brad’s albums are on HopeStreamRadio’s playlist.
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