“There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served. There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6 GW)
Two of my respected mentors, coincidentally but I believe, also prophetically, gave me this verse which I believe says something about how much God wanted this truth to be hammered and pressed within me.
I also quoted one of them who asked the following line, “Who Gets the Gift of You?” That is so very powerful and so simple yet very true. Here’s what I believe it says. Some of you may want to challenge me linguistically and say that this isn’t a statement. It was rather a question. Yet the asker of this question crafted it in such a way that you realised there is more to this question. For many years now I have learned to appreciate the value of asking great questions. Good question yields good answer, which yields good information. On the other hand. Great question, yields great answer, which yields wisdom. The question “Who Gets The Gift of You?” Is no different.
Here’s my take on it. We are all, a gift. Put it more precisely, we are an unopened gift waiting to be opened. We all have talents, spiritual gifts (pardon the pun), abilities, experience and knowledge we could use in various many ways unimaginable to be a gift to someone else. There is a problem though. Have you ever received a gift so disappointing you never actually used it? Or perhaps you kept it in the box, hoping to give it away at the next best opportunity? Perhaps you put it up on eBay or some online shopping website hoping to make money off it? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, then you know precisely what the problem is.
There are such things as bad gifts and good gifts. There are wanted gifts and unwanted gifts. We will eventually be one. However, we can only be either one. Either we are wanted or unwanted. I am not trying to say that you shouldn’t be grateful for what you have received. A gift is still a gift after all. However, I do not wish to be a hypocrite either. Please allow me to go off-topic for a bit, I promise to come back to it soon.
Here is one very important lesson I learned about gratitude recently. It is a lesson so important I even think about it to sleep these days, It came from a TED talk that I posted in my previous blog post titled The Beginning of an End. In it, the speaker says “[tweet_quote hashtags=”gratitude” ]You do not have to be grateful FOR everything, but you do have to be grateful IN everything[/tweet_quote].” How deep the meaning of this statement, is something I could never express well enough with words. For example, no one can be grateful for the loss of loved ones, nor should they. But, they can be grateful within the process of grieving that they still have other loved ones who survived the deceased and that they will, more than ever, appreciate the value of life. As many would have concurred, “You only really value something after you have lost it.”
Now, let’s take this lesson on gratitude and apply it on how we look at a gift. There may be gifts that we may not be grateful for, yet we should still be grateful in the fact that we did receive the gift. Yet, if the gift itself is disappointing and not of value, then no one in their right mind should judge how you treat the gift. I came across that conclusion, and surmised that the best way we could honor God is that we show our gratitude for the specific talents and abilities that we have. And the best way to show gratitude requires more than words. It requires action and commitment. It requires our commitment to:
- want it
- seek it,
- discover it
- study it
- learn it
- understand it
- develop it
- grow it
- use it
- share it
- teach it
- expand it
The above are just the simple step-by-step suggestions on how to maximise your talents and abilities to honor God and show our gratitude for what He’s given us. Of course, we can still be a gift to someone before knowing about our gifts and abilities. Our smile, our money, our kind words, our listening ear, our shoulder to cry on, and perhaps our most precious asset, our time, all of it can be a gift to every single person we meet on a daily basis.
Ultimately, what we have been given should only be used to bless others and to further the Kingdom of God. Then you can begin letting others “get the gift of you.”
Is there somebody who has been a gift to you? If you can be a gift to someone, what about you are you going to give? Are you finding it difficult to be a gift to someone? Please share your thoughts in the comments.