What are your gifts and talents? In the Nazarene Church we believe that God has given every person on earth unique gifts and talents to be used for His Glory. Why would He do that? Jesus explained that we are His body on earth. Just as the human body has many parts that do many things, God created humanity with talents and abilities to do many different things.
Take for example, our eyes which are designed only to see. They can’t taste or smell or hear. Our eyes serve us by allowing us to view the world around us. Each of our senses performs a service to the rest of the body by doing what it was designed to do. We don’t think about how our bodies work when everything is doing its job. We take for granted that our feet will carry us, our hands will hold things and that our mouth will taste that wonderful burger that our eyes see on the plate in front of us.
Our gifts and talents lie beneath the surface. They aren’t as obvious as our hands and feet. Many of our talents appear as we grow and mature, becoming apparent in school or other activities. Some are only released as we become better acquainted with God and His purpose.
Michelangelo was blessed with an artistic talent that required many parts of his body; his eyes to take in information about the human body, his mind to process that information and break it down into the smallest details, his hands to carve and paint, his back to lift, his feet to take him to the marble quarry or onto the scaffolding. Because all of these diverse parts worked together for him, we have been able to enjoy his sculptures and paintings for hundreds of years.
Just as Michelangelo created extraordinary works of art that have served as reminders of God and His creation, each of us has a unique place in God’s plan to serve in the body of Jesus. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, our own extraordinary gifts come forth for us to share with the world. Are you curious to learn more about the gifts and talents that God has poured into you? Would you like to use them as part of Jesus’ body? We would encourage you to join us Sunday morning to hear Pastor Ann bring as she brings us a message of how God can help each of us grow in our gifts and talents.