“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” (Romans 12:6-8, NLT)
“Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; 7 if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; 8 if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.” (Romans 12:6-8, The Message)
When God chooses you, qualifies you, and calls you, He places gifts on the inside of you that correspond with your calling. Your gifts are what point to your calling. If you struggle with knowing what your calling is, look at your gifts. What has God placed within you that you are good at? What things in society anger you, what are the things that you want to fix and do something about? That probably points you to your calling.
One of the most important things within your calling is to stick to your gifts. Don’t try to venture out and do something God hasn’t called and gifted you to do. There may be something else more appealing to you but if God hasn’t gifted you and called you for that position, you won’t be successful and fruitful in it.
I love The Message version of this passage: “Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” The best thing you can do in this life is be what you were made to be, don’t be envious or prideful, don’t compare yourself with others, and don’t try to be something you are not.
You’ve been uniquely called and gifted, embrace the call, operate in your gifts, and watch how God blesses you and others in abundance.