Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dedicated Gifts

Then David gave to Solomon his son….the pattern of all that he had by the spirit…and of the treasuries of the dedicated things...”  I Chronicles 28:11 (KJV)

When I was a young girl, I heard of a comment that was made by Dwight L. Moody, one of the great American evangelists of the late 1800’s.  The saying was this…“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him.  It resonated within me so much that I have never forgotten it.  God, our Creator, has endowed each of us with unique qualities and gifts.  It is His desire that, in turn, we consecrate those gifts and special qualities back to Him for Him to use as He chooses as we pass our sojourning experience through life. 

Have you ever wondered what your life’s purpose really is?  Why are you here?  Why were you born when you were?  What are your gifts? 

The best way to identify your individual gifts is to ask yourself these and similar questions:

  • What comes natural to me? 

  • What am I good at?

  • What can I do that requires the least effort on my part?

  • What do I truly find fulfillment doing?

God’s calling always matches His gifts.  In other words, He would never call you to do something that He has not first gifted you to do. There is no greater gratification in this life than to know, indisputably that you are fulfilling the Divine calling God has placed upon your life….that you are utilizing your God-given gifts and talents in perfect alignment with His original intent and purpose for you.  That you have yielded those gifts and surrendered them fully to the wisdom and discretion of the God Who gave them to you.

There are things that only you can accomplish.  There are people that only you can reach and touch.  There are situations that only you can understand and relate to.  Your unique God-given gifts are placed within your nature for a Divine purpose…not to be cast aside or downplayed, but to be used for His glory.

We tend to look down upon ourselves and discredit our own abilities.  We compare ourselves to others whose gifts we view as greater as or more important than our own.  We feel inferior because we cannot do certain things as well as others, instead of focusing on the things we can do well. 

Just listen to these wonderful, enlightening words written by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 12:13-25 (KJV).  I know this is a LOT of reading, but please bear with me and hear me out…this is important.  J  “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body?   But now are they many members, yet but one body.  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.”

In other words, every, single member in the body of Jesus Christ is on an even plane of necessity.  Each one is equally important.  The quiet prayer warrior, hidden in obscurity by circumstances beyond their control, is just as vital in the eyes of God, as the famous evangelist who reaches thousands of souls each time they preach.  The hands that work behind the scenes in support of those on the front lines of ministry are as needful and honored by God as the feet of the ones who carry the Gospel of Jesus to a dying, hurting world.  The eyes that see the needs of others and respond to those needs, are loved by God in the same degree, as the ears of those who are faithful to be in church Sunday after Sunday listening attentively, even though this is all they are capable of. 

Remember the story of Esther?  If you have never taken the time to read and study it, I highly recommend it to you.  It is fascinating reading in the Old Testament.  As Esther’s Divine life’s calling became apparent to her, her uncle, Mordecai, made a profound statement.  In Esther 4:14 (KJV), Mordecai asked, “…and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Are you a hand or a foot?  An eye or an ear?  Have you sought God and identified His true intended purpose for the use of your individualized gifts?  Do you know that God has allowed you to be what and who you are?  He has allowed you to be in the Kingdom “for such a time as this”.  He has gifted you with your own qualities, talents, and gifts.  The world has yet to see what God can do with and through you…in this time, in this age.  Will you dedicate your gifts back to God?  Will you allow Him to use you and your capabilities to His glory?  What are you good at?  God has placed you in your current situation to shine for Him….to use those gifts in His church.  He has tempered the members of His body together to work side-by-side to accomplish His perfect will.  He has paired you with the people who are around you and in your life…to minister and bless and be His hands and feet.  Just as in today's passage of Scripture, David gave Solomon the pattern of the treasuries for the dedicated things in the temple, God has bequeathed a treasury of gifts placed within you, His living, breathing temple.  He has a pattern of how He intends you to use them.  Won’t you allow Him to? 

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