Romans 12:6, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”

God will reveal His gifts and talents in your life as you seek His will for your life. You were created in the image of God with special abilities that make you “one-of-a-kind.” Sometimes we may doubt ourselves, but as the ole’ saying goes, “God doesn’t make no junk!” Psalm 139:14 boldly states, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” In today’s passage Paul taught we were all given different gifts from God according to His grace.

Some people may think that just because they don’t see their talents that they don’t have any. However, many times our talents are hidden like buried treasure waiting to be discovered.

For example I never knew I had the God-given gift to write until I went to Bible College and discovered my gift to express myself in writing. For others like my Dad, they didn’t find great success in their business until later in life- his last ten years of working were his most successful! As a result, all of us should be open to God leading us to places in life where we are stretched and forced to find things in ourselves that we never thought were there.

At the same time, the gifts and talents we have that may be obvious to us should be given to God so they can be excelled in and used for His glory. Just because playing basketball came natural to Michael Jordan, that didn’t mean he could miss practice or take all the credit. He had to practice his talent to be the best he could be and if he was humble, he would give credit to God, His Creator. Because Jordan wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if God hadn’t given it to him!

Therefore, ask God to show you your special talents and abilities in life. Then place them in His hands and work hard to perfect them so you can be the best you possible. Paul wrote in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”


Reflection

What are some of your God-given gifts?

Action

  1. Pray and ask God to reveal all the talents He has given you for this time in your life.
  2. Honor God with your abilities by working hard at perfecting them.
  3. Whenever you succeed in life give all the glory (credit) to God!

One Year Reading Plan

Job 1:1-3:26, 1 Corinthians 14:1-17, Psalm 37:12-29, & Proverbs 21:25-26. Click here to read online.