What are you gifts and talents? I’m sure you have many. Have you ever sat down to think about them? What do you do well? Do you like to bake? Do you enjoy yard work? Are you good at painting?
In Romans 12:4-8 talks about how the body of Christ is filled with people with different gifts. It is easy to read through the list and discount yourself saying “Oh, I don’t have the gift of prophesy or leadership.” There are many gifts from the Lord. The list presented in these verses wasn’t an exhaustive list. It was simply a way of saying whatever your gift, use it to bless others.
If you enjoy working in the yard, planting flowers, look for someone in your neighborhood or church that might not be physically able to care for their yard and put your talents to work.
Baking may be something you really enjoy and do well. If so, bake up several batches of cookies or cakes and bless those around you with them. There might be a single father in your neighborhood that wouldn’t begin to know how to bake nor have the time. Surprise him and his children with some home baked treats. You might have a friend who needs to get a room painted in her house, but just doesn’t have the time to get it done alone. Grab your paint bucket and go spend the day painting with her.
These may seem like simple things to do that hold no eternal value, but you are doing Kingdom work when you do them. Matthew 5:16 states when we do good works glory is given to our Father in heaven. You never know what kind of conversations will come up while painting a room with a friend. You may have the opportunity to share the Gospel or pray for someone going through a hard time. The Lord will work out the details, all we need to do is use the gifts He has given us to bless others.
Ask the Lord to highlight areas your gifts would be beneficial to others and then begin your own personal campaign of “Operation Blessing” where you seek to bless others with what you’ve been blessed with from the Father. You will find you are equally as blessed by serving and you are never more Christ like than when you serve others expecting nothing in return.
John 13:1-5 “It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love. The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.”