Today’s Scripture: 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 part shave more abundant comeliness. 1 Corinthians 12:21–23
If you have a spiritual gift, then you won’t have to tell anybody else. They will see it for themselves. I once had a man come to me and ask if he could teach an adult Sunday School class. Supposedly, God had told him he had the spiritual gift of teaching.
I answered, “If God tells me that you have the gift of teaching, then I’ll let you teach the adult Sunday School. Until then, I have a class of 3rdgraders who could use a Sunday School teacher.” For some strange reason, the man did not feel called to teach this age group.
Then there was the time during a building project when I needed someone to handle several different jobs. I had asked one of our men to complete a task for me. When he did the job well, I gave him two more jobs. He took care of these responsibilities, and I was able to give him more and more responsibility. I noticed that the more I gave this man to do, the better he did at getting the job done. I sensed he had a gift in organization and multitasking. I have never been disappointed with the choice I made to appoint him as one of my assistants.
A person who has a true spiritual gift will use it in any way God wants him to use it — no advertising is necessary. This person always gives his best, even when he isn’t doing something he particularly likes to do. He has a true servant’s heart which is surrendered to the will of God. His attitude is, “If God wants me to do it, then I’ll give it my best effort — anywhere, anything, anytime.”
Are you reluctant to use your spiritual gifts because of your desire for personal gain? Maybe you think singing in the choir isn’t as glamorous as singing a solo or teaching children isn’t as important as teaching adults. I’ve got news for you: anything you do for Christ is guaranteed a reward. If you are faithful to use your spiritual gifts in the little things, then you will not have to advertise. Everyone will see and appreciate them firsthand.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder