Using Our Abilities
Referenced from the NIV Recovery Devotional Bible
These are a few of the different ways on how to best use the abilities God gave us. God gives gifts to all of His children. He will help each of us to use our gifts wisely. If you feel like you have no gifts, trust and ask God to show you the ones He has given to you. He will show you what they are, and how to use them. In Exodus 31:1-5 it says, “1. Then the Lord said to Moses, 2. See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3. and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts-4. to make artistic designs in gold, silver, and bronze, 5. to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”
Sometimes God will turn the hurts and wounds from the past into gifts and talents that you can use in service to Him. In Luke 24:36-43 it says, “36. While they were still talking about this, Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, ‘ Peace be with you. 37. They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your mind? 39. Look at My hands and My feet. It is I myself! Touch Me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. 40. When He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet. 41. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
When using your gifts it’s healthy to acknowledge them, but it’s important not to place too much or too little value in them. God wants us to have a healthy attitude about ourselves and our talents. In Romans 12:3-8 it says, “3. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function. 5. So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6. We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8. If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Sometimes we need other people to recognize our abilities and talents in order to know what they are. When we start to use our gifts, we can often bring healing and restoration to others and ourselves. In 1 Timothy 4:14 it says, “Do not neglect your gift which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.” It is so very important to use our gifts for the good of others.