You Have a Gift. So Does Everyone Else.
Over the next few weeks Your Church is doing some hardcore midweek Bible Study getting into Romans chapter 12, discussing what is known as the ‘Motivational Gifts’ given to us by God. In short, every person has been given a gift at conception which makes up a huge part of our personality. Within the first few verses Paul lays out a total of seven personality gifts which culminate into one purpose.
1. We have a gift
Unfortunately, in today’s world where conformity is huge, whether it be trends, fashion or peer pressure, we have to be reminded that God has made each of us unique from the get go. Regardless of who you are or what you’ve been through, you’ve been given a special gift. It’s a gift that explains why you see things the way you do. It’s a gift which causes your heart to respond the way it does. It explains why you see things others don’t. It reveals why you need so many friends or maybe why you don’t. Best of all, it’s the freedom to allow yourself to be you.
2. So does everyone else
As much as God desires for us to be the person He’s created us to be, each one of the seven gifts He gave to mankind has a bigger purpose. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing like shutting the world out of the house and cozying up to the fireplace with a great blanket, but if we’re going to allow God to be who He is in us we have got to work with each other. Not only are we created unique, but so is everyone else. We have all been given a gift with accompanying similarities and with drastic differences. But it’s the kind of differences I’ve come to appreciate. The kind that make each of us simply great. I sort of see our differences being equivalent to when God changed the languages of those trying to build the tower of Babel.
3. We must work together
And the Lord said, "Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
Interesting verse isn’t it? There was no way the tower would succeed unless they understood each other – which at that time was made impossible. Yet in God’s own words we see that in order to accomplish the impossible man would have to work together and somehow discover a way to work with each other. Which brings us back full circle to Romans 12. When we realize the gift we’ve been given we can learn to appreciate the person we’ve been made to be. Then we can appreciate the gifts in others. Then we will know how to respond.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;