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You Do Have Something to Give… You’re Full of It!

30 Nov

Perhaps you know this frustration as a leader in a Christian volunteer setting: You see great potential in someone, you encourage them to engage, they say they’ll join in the organization.  And then…

You check back with them a few weeks later to discover they’ve withdrawn and aren’t involved.  And when you ask why, you get an answer like this:

“Oh, I’m just not gifted… I don’t really have anything special to offer.”

I’ve seen these individuals repeatedly and it always breaks my heart...
for the organizations who will never benefit from what they have to give.
for that individual, because they will miss out on what it means to live fully into the purpose they were created for.

How can a leader help?  Over the next several weeks, my Friday leadership blogs will be devoted to helping leaders work with people to identify gifts,  passion, and purpose.

Let’s start simply: here’s my opening line to someone who doubts whether they have anything to offer:

You do have something to give…You have grace and gifts!

GRACE

Grace Came Down

Grace Came Down (Photo credit: sarowen)

If you are a believer, you have received the greatest gift of all: God’s grace.  But this isn’t a gift that is just for you.  We are called to be stewards of God’s endless supply of grace.

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” (1 Pet 4:10 NRSV)

Here’s the funny thing about a steward.  Stewards don’t own anything.  Stewards take care… and administer other people’s things.  A steward of a Kingdom is not the King.  But that steward is charged to run the Kingdom responsibly, in accordance with the King’s wishes.

So we have been given grace… as stewards.  We are to administer God’s grace to others however we can, in accordance with the King’s wishes.

And the best news is, there’s an endless supply of grace, because it’s not ours!  So everyone who is a Christian has something to give.  They can give God’s grace.

In fact, as a steward, we are expected to do so.

How?  That’s the topic of future Friday posts… stay tuned!

GIFTS

Look again at 1 Peter 4:10:

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” (1 Pet 4:10 NRSV)

If you are a believer, you have received some gift.  Unfortunately, people don’t come with labels, so sometimes they’re a little hard to pick out.  People often assume they don’t have a gift because it’s not one of the “main” gifts, like healing, teaching, etc..  But every gift is important, and essential!

Spend a little time in 1 Corinthians 12 and you’ll see Paul’s great analogy of a body: many different parts, all within the same body.  You are a part of that body… and you are important!

And if you don’t think EVERY part is important, try this experiment.  Take a hammer to any one of your toes.  Why not the little toe?  I mean, when was the last time you even thought about your little toe?  it’s not important, right?

So… smash away!

Then, spend the next 6 weeks gaining a full appreciation of everything your little toe does for you!

Just because the part we play doesn’t seem significant, or even visible, it’s not any less important in the body of Christ.

So, when people tell me they don’t have anything to give to God, I politely smile and say,

“You’re so full of it!”   Grace, that is….

How have you encouraged people to engage?  How do you help others see gifts and grace?  Join in the conversation with a comment!

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