When thinking of stewardship, it's easy to think of managing money. I've been learning that it means much more. Stewardship is also the responsibility to manage your God-given gifts, talents and skills and before doing that, it's important to identify what your gifts are. How can one steward their gifts if they aren't yet realized?
God has given everyone unique gifts for us to steward, and I've been discovering my gifts in a couple different ways. I took a Lifekeys class based on the Lifekeys book and was able to hone in on my spiritual gifts, talents and skills. I appreciated this class, because it put everything together on how to best utilize my gifts.
I also took the Strengthsfinders assessment along with the entire CIF staff, which was incredibly valuable. By learning my top five strengths, I gained clarity on which areas I should focus on. It was also neat to do the assessment as a team, so we could also discover and appreciate the strengths in each other.
Realizing gifts doesn't always need to be done through a self-assessment. God may reveal them in different ways through Scripture, prayer or experiences. He may also reveal them through others by seeing something we don’t see in ourselves or confirming a gift we weren’t fully sure we had.
Throughout our lives, God continues to help us develop these gifts if we let Him. On my desk calendar, the quote of the day is from Francis Chan: "We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness."
I love that quote. Life should be about continually growing—being alert to how God is moving, what He's teaching you, how He's developing you and how He's using you for the purpose of serving others.
In 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV), it says, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."
What are your God-given talents and skills? How have you discovered them?
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