“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts inventory in order to help you identify God’s calling for your life? While those tests can be helpful, possibly the best way to determine your calling is to identify what makes your heart sing. Do you enjoy teaching? Maybe you prefer to be hidden in the background but jump at opportunities to help at the local homeless shelter. Or you may enjoy singing in the choir. God desires for us to take great delight in the areas He has called us to serve.
Another litmus test is to examine how others are impacted by your service. Are they encouraged? Are they motived? Are they convicted? As much as we may enjoy carrying out a calling for our own personal benefit, God intends for our acts of service to benefit our brothers and sisters in Christ. As 1 Peter 4:10 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.”
God’s Word goes on to tell us in 1 Corinthians 12:18 that “…God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” Those parts are us. Knowing this truth has allowed me to patiently wait for God to open doors of opportunity for me to carry out my calling, or to trust Him to call others to fill positions in the church beyond my giftedness.
Father, thank You for gifting each of us in a way that allows us to be effective in the callings You place on our lives. Amen.
If you’re struggling with identifying an area to serve where you’d not only have the greatest impact, but also enjoy, begin volunteering for the different ministries of your church. It won’t take long for you to find out what truly makes your heart sing!