Most of us are familiar with the scripture found in Romans 11:29: For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Many, if not all of us, think of the scriptures found in Ephesians when we think about the gifts of God…
Therefore, He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:8-12)
We may even think that the ONLY gifts God gives to His people are found in these scriptures. Thereby, the gifts to be given would all be of a spiritual nature, such as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.
Recently, as I was reading in the book of Exodus, I was reminded of the many gifts that are available to God’s people. While we all desire spiritual gifts, God has not called every single person into full time ministry. He, does, however place gifts inside His people, even those not called into full time ministry, which allow them to succeed in life.
For instance, in Exodus 35, the Bible says God put an artistic gift in some of the women to spin yarn and goats’ hair and make beautiful drapes. Additionally, within some of the men God placed His spirit as well as wisdom and understanding to empower them to excel in woodwork.
God placed gifts of artistic works in many of them. He gave some the skill to work with jewelry. Some he gave a gift of working with gold and other jewels. As I read through the pages of the Bible, I was reminded that God gives His people many gifts, not only spiritual gifts– many that are available to each of us.
Perhaps you are gifted in an area of two, maybe in sewing or making of drapes – did you realize that gift was placed in you by God?
Maybe you are skilled in wood working or metal working – that gift was placed there by God. For those of you who are skilled in bookkeeping, God placed that gift and the wisdom and understanding to accomplish it in you – isn’t that awesome!
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”. Romans 11:29
Are you an artist? A clothing designer? An architect? A builder? A make-up artist? A seamstress? A politician? A mom? Whatever position you find yourself in today, I hope it is utilizing the gift God has placed in you.
If you are not sure what gift God has placed in you, ask Him? However, I am pretty sure you know exactly what that gift is.
God placed the gift of a writer in me. It is not something I trained for, although I wish I had. It is simple something He placed in me. However, for many years I did things that had nothing to do with writing – it was only later in life I discovered the gift God placed in me. I wish I had known sooner or heeded the signs, but I did not. Had I recognized the gift, I could have spent my life working at something I love other than working a job to obtain a paycheck.
As I thought about this today, I wondered how many of us are working jobs that do not mirror the gifts God has placed in us. Are we being a good steward over the gifts God has placed in us?
Perhaps God has given you the gift of a pianist, yet you are working as a secretary. Maybe God has given you a gift of building things with your hands, yet you are employed at Lowes. Perhaps you are afraid to step out in faith and explore and share the gift God has placed in you. Don’t be. The Bible says if God gave you the gift, He also gave you wisdom and understanding to go with it. You will be able to effectively steward the gifts God has placed in you.
Now, I am not saying there is anything wrong with working to pay your bills while developing the gifts God has placed in you – I fully understand that – what I AM saying is, recognize and steward the gifts God has placed in you.
I stepped out in faith to share my gift just a few years ago. When I look back to my first writings I cringe, they were so not good. However, God placed a wonderful person in my life who has helped me develop and excel in this gift. I am so thankful for her. It was a few years before God sent her – I had to step back in faith long before that. In the beginning, I covered all the cost to steward my gift and once God found me faithful in that area, He opened other doors, for which I am eternally grateful.
What is the gift God has placed in you? Are you stewarding that gift? Or is it something inside you that you are afraid to share? After reading the book of Exodus, I was able to look at those around me, realizing the awesome gifts God has placed in them. It has opened my eyes to see the anointing of God on many areas, farming, woodworking, accounting, building and so much more, and not only the fivefold ministry.
My friends, God HAS placed a gift inside of you – it is irrevocable – seek His face concerning those gifts and begin to steward them. You will be so glad you did.