Published September 22, 2015

Shelia Shares
"Know Your Gift"

1 Chronicles 15:22 tells us, "Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was instructor in charge of the music, because he was skillful."

In the Old Testament, we often see lists of jobs and the person or group selected to do those jobs. The leader in the verse above was given a music leadership job because he was talented in music.

What has God called you to do? Where does He want you to work in His church? What talents and gifts has He given you?

I have always wanted to sing. I love to sing. I like listening to good music. I know music touches the spirit deep inside and opens people to God. I have always wanted to sing.

But, God didn't gift me with a strong singing voice. I can stay on key. I can sing the right note. But, my range isn't good. My voice sometimes cracks. I can't stay strongly on one part while someone else beside me is singing another part. Unfortunately, singing is not my talent or my gift. Unless God miraculously gives me a talent for singing, I could better be used in other areas of ministry.

There is no reason to feel jealous of someone who has, indeed, been given a talent to sing. That is their gift and they are to use it to the best of their ability. But it is not my gift. Is there any reason for me to try to do a singing ministry? It would be frustrating for me and surely a "test" for those around me.

Have you ever observed people who are sure God has called them to do a particular type of ministry, but they have no talent for that ministry? It is not a pretty sight.

In the physical world, no one is going to hire me to haul around heavy boxes. At 100 pounds, I am not built for the job. I am not equipped for the job. Trying to do that job could injure me quite seriously. It won't benefit those around me. My stumbling around could hurt others and damage property. I am not talented, gifted, called or built to do heavy work.

The same applies to working in the body of Christ. We need to know what our gifts truly are and then to share those gifts. Let other people do the jobs that use their gifting.

God has given each of us precious, but limited time on this earth. Use the time you have to make a difference for the Lord. He will equip you to do "your" job.


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