Day #18

Just Be You (Romans 12:4-6)

All God asks of each person is that we use the gifts he has given us; nothing more and nothing less.

Romans 12:4-6
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.”

Have you ever broken one of your toes? If so, you know how important a seemingly insignificant part of your body can be when it’s not functioning correctly. It hurts!

Our human body has many parts that each serve a specific purpose, but alone each part is incomplete. The same is true for our spiritual lives. We have each been given a purpose and the gifts needed to help us achieve it, but by ourselves we are incomplete, we need the rest of the “body of Christ,” God’s church, to fulfill our purpose.

According to Romans 12, you have been graced with a gift for doing certain things well, but if you’re like me, you sometimes wonder, “what is my gift?” It’s important to know you have gifts but what’s most important is knowing where those gifts come from; Paul tells us where; God! That means you’ll never really be able to find out who you are until you find out who He is. God is the only one who can give your life meaning.

All God asks of each person is that we use the gifts he has given us. He just wants us to be who he made us to be, nothing more and nothing less. That means you don’t have to try to be something you’re not or be envious of what other people are because you are uniquely gifted to be you.

What comes easily to you that others find challenging? Maybe that’s a clue. Yes, God’s plan for your life may fill out of your comfort zone right now, but He has already gifted you with what you need to be successful, so if you take some faith-filled steps out of your comfort zone you will probably find yourself "in the zone" before you know it. Let me give you a personal example:

I have always had a gift to remember names, but for the longest time, I thought everyone else was rude because they didn’t. I assumed what came naturally to me was natural for everyone else, I didn’t realize it was a gift because God wanted me to help connect people to the church that I’ve only met one time. Once I did and started using my gift for his purpose it didn’t just feel like remembering names, it felt like a divine purpose.

Ask God to help you identify your gifts and use it for His glory and purpose. He would love to, he’s just waiting for you to ask.

Prayer: God thank you for creating me for a unique purpose. Help me discover my gifts and use them well in order to be who you are calling me to be.

If you missed previous devotions you can find them here:

Day #1 - Grab a Hose Not Binoculars (Jeremiah 29:11)
Day #2 - God Knows What He Is Doing (Genesis 13:15-17)
Day #3 - Don't Waste Your Shape (1 Peter 4:10-11)
Day #4 - Big Dreams and Small Minded People (Genesis 37:8)
Day #5 - Inspection and Expectation (Matthew 21:18-19)
Day #6 - I Can't (John 5:6-7)
Day #7 - Small Beginnings. Big Difference. (Zechariah 4:10)
Day #8 - New Dream But No Miracle (Genesis 6:21-22)
Day #9 - A Waiting Game (Isaiah 40:31)
Day #10 - Miracle Management (Matthew 1:8)
Day #11 - Help Me Believe (Mark 9:22-24)
Day #12 - Burn The Ships (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Day #13 - Do You Know What You Want (Matthew 20:32-33)
Day #14 - God Got A Head Start (Ephesians 2:10)
Day #15 - What's In A Name (John 1:42)
Day #16 - New People Take You To New Places (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
Day #17 - Unqualified Dreamers (Exodus 31:2-5)