What's your gift?

Romans 12:6-8. Says, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

These are the gifts outlined;

Prophecy
Serving
Teaching
Encouragement
Giving
Leading
Mercy

All our gifts may center on one or two of these, but ultimately our gifts are a combination of all. While God may want you to focus on one or two of these categories, all are important for us to cultivate on some level.

But where is your giftedness? What's your uniqueness? I don't know, but God does. Further, God wants you to know. So you might ask, "so why doesn't he tell me?" Here's why; because he wants you to start where you are. To learn what God wants you to do, you must start with Romans 12:1 - "offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God." After you've done that, and while you're doing that, Paul says, in verse 2, "Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

The formula is easy, but the process takes a while. I'll take that back; the formula is easy to understand but challenging to live out. Why? Because a living sacrifice it means SACRIFICE. Sacrificing an animal is a breeze, but sacrificing our own lives is much harder. Until we lay down our desires before God, God will not show us what he wants us to do for one simple reason; we probably won't do it.

My encouragement again today is simply to start where you are. You may not know the fullness of all God wants for and from you, but start where you are and be faithful. As you move further, God's word guarantees to show how he's gifted you. As you go, he will show you how you fit in. When you know what part of the body he's created you to be, then you'll be able to live out in the fullness of all God's intended for you.