Use it for His Glory
Written by Mrs. Rowan
Romans 12:3-8 ESV “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
All my life I have loved to sing. My parents said that I started making up songs about God as soon as I could talk and if you ask Mr. Rowan, he’ll attest to the fact that I still sing ALL THE TIME. I have been gifted with a good voice and I love to use my gift to worship God. I even get to help lead worship at my church on some Sundays.
But there was a while there where I didn’t feel like I had a gift to offer. I felt like my voice wasn’t good enough to be lifted in praise to my heavenly father. I saw other people singing and worshiping God, and instead of raising my voice with them, I stood silent. Instead of praising God for the gift he gave me and for the gift he gave them, I let myself stew and become envious. It took some spiritual growth and some firm words from people who love me to shock me out of my self-pity and false humility. Over time, I have come to realize a few things…
1. I have a gift. I have a gift for leading people in worship. God has uniquely gifted me, to use my voice and my love for him to help lead other people in their own worship of him.
2. I don’t have to be up on a stage to use my gift. God can use me when I am up on stage singing, but he can use me just as well when I am raising my hands to him in the congregation. When I am praising him with my whole self, and not becoming distracted by those around me, or thinking about how I should be up on stage instead, I am using my gift of worship.
3. I don’t have to be at church to use my gift. Now that I am a mom, I have a unique opportunity to model worship to Teddy. We sing worship songs at our house, we worship God with our prayers and our words; Mr. Rowan and I try to do everything in our power to make our house a place of worship.
What is your gift? Maybe you have more than one! Are you using it for God?
Perhaps you feel like you have the gift of teaching and you would love to preach to your entire congregation. It is possible that you might not be ready for that platform? Our gifts need to be cultivated, and God will often withhold the platform until you learn to use your gift for his glory in the little things of life. Whatever your gift is, find small ways to use it now. If it's teaching, volunteer to teach the kids in your church. If it's musical worship, then practice and take lessons. Find people to play with or someone to mentor you. If it's encouragement, pray and ask God who he wants you to encourage each day, and make a point to do so. If it's hospitality, don't wait until you have a home to host people, focus on making people feel welcomed, loved, and cherished wherever you find yourself.
Whatever gifts God has given you, embrace them, cultivate them, and use them for God's glory in every aspect of your life.