There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. — 1 Corinthians 12:4
“Your talents are God’s gift to you. What you do with them is your gift to God.” – Leo Buscaglia
What position are you called to play?
Because I am a former college basketball player, I understand the power of being on a team where everyone knows their role. I have been on teams that have overachieved and teams that have underachieved. Typically, one of the biggest differences between the two is everyone on the team knowing their role and being willing to play their role. My job as the point guard was to put people in the position to be successful. It was to be the coach on the floor. In many ways, that is still my role today. A huge part of my purpose is to point people to God and their unique role in the world.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that we are a part of one body, or I like to say a team. We all have a role to play. No role is better or worse than the other. No role deserves more credit than the others. True purpose and peace come when we find out what role we are created to play. Lack of purpose and peace comes when we try to play someone else’s role.
How do you discover your gifts? There are many different spiritual gift assessments you can take. You can go to www.joshdotzler.com to find one if you want. But there is also a simple question you can ask over and over.
What are you good at? What am I called to give the world?
This simple question is powerful when it comes to identifying the gifts God has given you. This question, when asked over and over throughout the course of several years, will continue to gain clarity. A few gifts God gives are the gift of encouragement, the gift of helping, the gift of teaching, the gift of generosity, the gift of prayer… There are so many gifts.
As followers of Jesus, these aren’t just gifts; we develop on our own; these are spiritual gifts. These are gifts uniquely given to us by God and empowered us to live out through his Spirit. As we invite the Spirit to fill us with power, we experience the fruit of God’s gifts in our lives. There is nothing more powerful than to see someone operating in the gifts God has given them.
Gifts are meant to be given; what are you called to give to the world?
What is your gift to the world? How can you discover and develop the gifts he’s given you?