"As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure he has received. The one who speaks is to deliver God’s message. The one who serves is to do it with the strength provided by God. Thus, in all of you God is to be glorified…” -1 Peter 4:10-11
I read this passage while doing morning prayer recently. Boom. It hit me like a 2x4. (Scripture tends to do that to me). I started to reflect on all the times that I’ve tried to hide or shy away from my gifts in the past. Heck, to this day there are things or abilities that the Lord has blessed me with that I really don’t want anything to do with. Mainly because they challenge me. Or take me WAY out of my comfort zone. Or I doubt my capabilities. Or they take work to develop. Or doubt doubt doubt, lie lie lie. Name it, I can think of almost any excuse why I shy away from gifts.
The song “Our God” makes me think about this sometimes. There’s a line in the song that my heart always seems to gravitate towards. The lyric is, “there’s no one like You. None like You.” I know, pretty simple, right? And yet, when you look deeper and actually think about the words it takes on a whole new meaning. If I really believe and proclaim that there is none like God, than I must also believe that there is none like me because He has made me in His image and likeness. He made me to reflect His beauty and majesty on earth. And how often I forget. How often I allow lies to penetrate my heart and fuel my deepest fears. How often we as a people forget that we are the children of a great, powerful, mighty God who made each of us uniquely to reflect His image. To individually reflect His heart to the world as only we can.
So what does it look like for you?
For me, it looked like standing up in front of a church full of 1,000+ people leading songs with sweaty armpits, shaking knees and an unsteady voice. (I might have even peed my pants a little from being so nervous). Singing was the last thing on earth I wanted to do in front of people. I would have danced the macarena, wearing a blow up sumo-suite over squeaking out a single note in front of a crowd of people. Sharing my voice meant surrendering a huge part of me that, up until that moment, I had complete control over. But I did it anyway. I did it because I was convicted that God had given me a gift. A gift that was meant to be shared and that He desired to use, even if I was absolutely terrified by it. If someone had told me back then that one day God would send me to World Youth Day to sing for the universal church, I would have literally rolled on the floor laughing. God uses even doubters like little old me. And God will use you.
The truth is, the gifts God has given you should be challenging. Gifts call you to greatness. To more. To serve Him and the church in ways that only YOU can. Yes you, Susie Q or Bobby McGee or *insert whatever your name is here*. I’m talking to you. I’m talking to me.
Will you say yes to being a distributor of God’s grace? I pray that you will.
Because in all honesty, this world desperately needs you.
"Give the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you." -Blessed Mother Theresa