6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. – Romans 12: 6-8
In the Christian life, we are never left hanging. For one, our God is faithful to the end, but two, He has given us His Spirit which gives us specific gifts. While this passage is highlighting a few spiritual gifts, the point I want to make is that the purpose of the gift is to be used for the benefit of others. As a matter of fact, any time God gives us a gift whether it be spiritual, material, or physical, it is always given to be used for more than just yourself.
As you prepare for your game ahead, are you aware of the gifts that you have been given? Many of you might be thinking of your talent, but I challenge you to think of the other gifts you have been given. For some of you that may be a leadership role on your team, for others, you may have a knack for serving and encouragement. Whatever your gift may be, its purpose is for the good of others.
During our games, we get so caught up on our talent being displayed. If we are playing poorly then everything else is forgotten in the frustration. What if instead of focusing on displaying our talent, we focused on using our gifts for the benefit of others? There is freedom when we use our gifts for the purpose for which they were given. Keep in mind that the Giver of your gifts gave everything He had for you. He even washed your feet.
- Thank God for being a good and gracious giver.
- Ask God to reveal the gifts He has given you.
- Pray that you would use them for the benefit of others.