“So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word ” – Acts 6:2-4
All of us have different gifts. Whether it’s to serve, lead, preach, we have each been given special abilities by God.
Every gift God give us is important, but not everyone is gifted in areas other people are.
This morning’s reading made me ask myself, “What in your life is currently distracting you from God’s gift to you?” Hmm, good question. I guess the real question is, do I even know my gift? Do you? I mean I think we each have an idea of what we’re good at, have a knack for, but do we really know?
The best way to know our gifts is by allowing ourselves to be used where we are. Where we see a need, we fulfill it if it’s in God’s will. To grow and give God glory, He will purposefully place us in positions and equip us for His work. However, not everything will grow us and if it doesn’t grow us, it needs to go.
We shouldn’t neglect God’s assignment for temporal opportunities. Not every opportunity is from God, most are distractions. In the past year, I’ve limited things I say “yes” to. This is so I can stay focused. Staying focused is important to me because I know I’m easily distracted.
Don’t get distracted from the primary thing God wants from you. If necessary, release those things to people who are more gifted in those areas so you can focus on God’s specific task and purpose for you.
If it doesn’t grow you, let it go.
What in your life needs to go so you can grow?