Gifts and Giftings (Again!) Because this is important!!
God has had gifts and giftings on my heart for weeks now. It’s not so much that people don’t know they are gifted, but often wind up not using them for God’s Glory.
Please listen, because this message developed out of a life time of feeling rejected and left out. I am not left out, and I am not rejected, but for years, I thought I was.
Why? Because that’s all I could see. I would pray and practice my guitar (for years) Learning all the songs from church “thank you Father you have a place for me” (I would say) “I am accepted and beloved in the brethren.”
Still, it never seemed to be the truth.
After awhile, the hurt developed into anger, as I experienced this supposed rejection, time and time again. It caused me to delve in for holiniess, purity, Knowing God’s word more……
The longing just to be a part of what God was doing (as I called it, being on the team). Not being chosen or selected to do things in church HURT so bad. It brought up reminders of school and not being selected for sports (because I was bad at it).
Why am I telling you this? BECAUSE, there are many out there who have decided not to even try anymore. They give up and call it humility. Others say, Okay I’ll go to church, sit on the pew, and “Not even try” and call it obedience.
Just because there is no slot for you, doesnt mean you are rejected by God. There are no trumpet players in most church worship bands, but that doesn’t mean trumpet players are rejected.
Some are anointed to be metal workers.Some are anointed to play guitar, some are artists, and some are called to preach but they seem to have no pulpit to preach from.
We often do not think of washing floors, installing doors, fixing windows, (and a host of other talents or gifts) as being ministry, but we need to start. We need to stop worshipping those who seem to be rock stars, and celebrate every ministry we see, (if they are truly helping!).
The Body of Christ needs to be built up (and it starts with you!).
Find someone and give them a pat on the back for what they do for God’s Kingdom! I know I’m going to. You are not left out! They are not left out! Someone out there needs your encouragment, that what they do does make a difference.
with love and blessings
What are your gifts? Do you Know?
I recently sang in church, the song I did, I had practiced for weeks, and I have to say it turned out pretty good. When the pastor said, “thank you Laura, you are gifted,” I must admit, I thought gifted? I had to work so hard to learn this song, I didn’t feel like it was a gift at all. From the time I decided to learn to play music, it was always a struggle.
Recently, I spoke in church about gifts, using a passage in Ephesians, as my guide. “He gave gifts to men, ” It says. (Ephesians, 4:8, NKJV).
I never have thought of myself as gifted. I’ve seen other people I thought were gifted, but I never have considered myself one of them.
Learning to speak in front of a crowd had taken a lifetime of overcoming, & facing fears.
Because I believe God called me to do it, I have overcome the fears, got back up and tried again when I seemed to have failed, and have finally come to a place where I have some confidence, both with speaking, and singing in front of others. It was hard won, but I did it, (with God’s help, and a willing mind!).
So, how do we know we are gifted? Does it mean we are just born “good at something?”. No, I don’t think so. My gift is encouragement under the calling of Pastor. I don’t have a church, but I’ve been Pastoring most of my life.
Many years ago, I had stuffed sheep, named after the people I prayed for. When people heard about it, they started to bring me sheep, because they wanted to be included and have me pray over their lives. Music came about because I have a passion to encourage others. My prayer life was cultivated for the same reason. “I want to teach the world to sing” used to be one of my favorite songs, when I was young. Our loves, passions, and desires, are very telling, concerning our giftings.
What about you? What is your passion? I’ve seen people great at fixing cars, baking cakes, taking care of gardens, and those who are especially great at working with children. They have heard too, “You are so talented!” We ought to say, well done, you’ve really developed your gift! For the truth is, if we take our calling seriously in Christ, we’ll cherish and develop those gits he put within us. If we do that, we’ll become “talented,” Or should I say, “developed? More mature”?
There we go, back to growing (Up) again and being all you can be, in Jesus, for Jesus, and for his Kingdom!
With love and affection, Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow. http://www.lauragracebooks.com
My thoughts this morning…..
We’ve all had people in our lives (at times) who we long to be close to, but we cannot seem to get close to them. They like to argue, or get defensive, or sometimes even shut us out.
I’ve had people I just wanted to encourage, or share my heart with them, and sometimes I still get amazed at the reactions that happens in what seems iike such a simple statement of me sharing something God put in my heart, to share with others…….
It’s at that moment, we realize our statement is clashing with their belief system. It’s like “Light meeting the dark,” and it causes a storm.
When this happens, I always go to God and ask if I was wrong. I don’t “assume I am right.” I see God as the teacher, and my part is to continually learn from him. This leads to growing, (up) more and more in him.
It doesn’t matter how many “Years” someone has been with God. it matters how much they have received from him.
The only way I know to keep learning (and growing in Him) is to continually ask the Holy Spirit to teach me. Jesus sent him to teach us, He wants to teach us, so as long as we are willing, our becoming Christ-Like and growing in him is a done deal.
Praise the Lord! -Laura Grace , Author, Grace to Grow by Laura Grace
Sometimes it just blows me away, how people treat other people! I know I post some great things (Such as the message previous to this one) but my job is to bring things to a more down to earth level, where people can relate to it.
When someone is shattered and hurt beyond words (by the actions of another) No amount of “You must forgive them” or “just love like Jesus’ type of words is usually going to help.
What they need at that moment in time, is acceptance and love-, in spite of how they feel right now.
We all know the greatest commandment is love, but the truth is, until we find we are loved by God in the midst of our anger, lack of love, rebellion even, or even our big fat hairy attitudes (at times), we will never know how to love others they way he did.
I wish I could tell you I learned to love because of all those great books I read, or great semons I heard, but it’s not true. The Holy Spirit taught me how. And I never could have loved people the way I do, unless I let his love for me soak in deep….
Anything else would have been fake, copy-catting, or just “holdiing my nose right” and pretending to love.
Father, thank you for allowing us to be real with you. Amen!
-Laura Grace, Author, http://www.lauragracebooks.com 1 John 4 “We love him because he first loved us.”
Why do we like Rock Stars?
And why do so many want to be one, but never get there?
Rock stars become stars- because they hit the nail on the head (somewhere) they are hitting on what people are feeling, experiencing, wanting & desiring!
Yesterday I asked the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me…Yes I was seriously talking to HIM (Holy Spirit, come, please lead and guide me!” …..
Now that prayer is not in our bibles but, I did it anyway. I know He is a PERSON not a thing!
I then prayed for my someone, and prayed what I felt LED to pray vs what my brain wanted to pray (which is always safe, and not risky!!)
That person was moved to tears- and God touched him, because of that prayer. It was God! (his WILL being manifested through my prayer time). The Lord literally showed me how that person was feeling, and I said it out loud……
That, to me, is praying like a Rock Star! Not for money, not for fame, but many people just do what they know people need from them (and become famous, as a result). Jesus was one of them. In Fact, He showed us the way!
“Father, give us more of this we pray! We hunger and thirst after you, Father God. We hunger and thirst, after you! I ask you to touch every person out there today- who is led to pray a certain way, but their mind is questioning things.
Set them free Father, from the chains that bind and Free their Mind! Help them to be Brave Father, and pray the way your Spirit leads them to pray. In Jesus’ mighty name!” Amen –Laura Grace,Author, Grace to Grow. http://www.lauragracebooks.com
PS: Speaking of Rock Stars, please visit my friend Angelina’s Page. She has some beautiful Prophetic Art, and she is a great and mighty prayer warrior as well. https://artisticgrace5.wixsite.com/angelina