The title of Sunday’s message was, “You Are a Gift”.
A gift is a talent or something beneficial given to someone without expecting something in return.
1 Peter 4:10-11NIV and Romans 12:3-8 says,
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 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.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.” God has given us each gifts and talents to serve others and make a difference in the world around us. We are all part of one body, but we are different with different gifts, and it’s important that we don’t fall into the trap of comparing your gifts to the gifts that God has given others. Check out some of these gifts: speaking, serving, prophesying, teaching, encourage, giving, leading, mercy.
Each of us has been given gifts and talents, but do you believe that you are a gift? Some my say, I have gifts but I don’t see how that makes me a gift?
A gift doesn’t become a gift until it is given. Check out this verse from Paul in Colossians 1:24-25ESV,
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
Paul had received the gift of a minister and servant from God for the benefit of others. Paul used and applied his gift. Our gifts and talents that God has given to us aren’t meant to be for our benefit only!
It’s still easy to struggle with the lie that we’re not a gift worth giving to others, but think about it this way— How would someone feel if they gave a gift and someone gave it back to them because they didn’t like it, or didn’t think it was worth anything? When we say that we are not a gift worth giving to others, that is exactly what we are saying to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20NIV says, You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. Jesus paid the price for us on the Cross, and he believes in each one of us so much that he desires to give us as gifts to those around us using the gifts and talents he has blessed us with.
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
God’s gift to you was Jesus. Your gift to others, Jesus in you, the hope of glory. Think about this phrase from Colossians for a second— “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Anyone who has a relationship with Jesus has the Spirit of God living on the inside of them— the hope of the world within you. God has blessed us with gifts and talents to make known the hope of the world to those around us!
What gifts and talents has God given you to share him with others? Your smile, sense of humor, music, smile, encouragement,
compassion, drawing, drama, prayer, leading, teaching, athleticism, etc?
You are a gift. How will you give of yourself this Christmas?