Gifts from God

17 Jan 2019, 15:08 // Al Atkinson

This time of year is often a stressful one at school and uni. Right now, many of you are finishing up exams, mocks or otherwise, and for those of you with big exams in the summer I’m sure they’re coming into view at this point too.

I always found this to be a time when I was tempted to compare myself to my peers which only helped to make me feel even more pressured over how gifted I was at whatever subject it was. It’s so easy to forget but the Bible says we each have unique gifts given to us by our Creator.

Romans 12: 6-8 says:

6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

Similarly, Exodus 31: 1-11 describes how God appointed craftsmen to build the Tabernacle where he would dwell among the Israelites. The names mentioned in that passage are not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. The craftsmen who were to build the most important place to a whole nation of people were not famous, but God filled them “with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills” to perform the task he had given them. What a message!

Guys, do we know this? Do we live each day recognising the gifts that God has given to us? What about the people around us? They’ve got unique gifts too! How does this truth affect how we approach our work? How does it affect the way we play? Something to pray about.