3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
I love to sing! The times when I usually feel closest to God is when I am worshipping him through song. My family sang together through my teen years in the adult choir at our church, and those are some of my best memories. However, I have a choir voice, not a voice that stands on its own, and you may have noticed, we don’t have choirs at CedarCreek! When we first started the church, lots of people sang (because lots of things needed to be done, and there weren’t that many of us!). While it may not have been their best gift, no one ever asked me! Singing on stage – not my gift! Fortunately, I realized that others are seriously better than I am. I could hear myself, and while I was in tune and on time, my voice belongs in a choir! I learned that I have other gifts and strengths from God for the exact purpose of using them to build up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16).
Over the years, our church leadership has invested significant resources in helping the staff learn and develop their strengths and gifts. They knew that this investment would help us bring glory and honor to God through the work of our church and in our communities. God has given each one of us unique gifts, and he has designed a unique place and purpose for each of us. The church gets better when we each discover our individual strengths. We can take the time and effort needed to develop them, and then offer them back to God as our gift to him. As a bonus, my relationships with my colleagues at work, as well as my personal relationships, get better when I know my unique strengths and lean in to them as often as possible. When I am honest in my evaluation of myself, I realize that I cannot be good at everything. I must know myself, both where I excel and where I have limitations. My time is best spent capitalizing on the things I’m good at. I can find other brothers and sisters to do the things I cannot do. I know they are here – God designed and sent them here, and we all belong to each other in the body of Christ!
Do you know what your strengths are? How about your spiritual gifts?
If you know them, how are you developing them? What is your next step in that process?
If you haven’t taken the StrengthsFinder test, here’s a link for the book: www.cedarcreek.tv/book.
If you haven’t taken a spiritual gifts assessment, attend week three of GrowthTrack. Check with your Campus Staff to find out more information.
Lord God, I am grateful for the strengths and gifts you’ve given me, and especially for all the opportunities you’ve given me to grow them. I pray that you will continue to put me in circumstances where I can use and expand them for your glory and your purpose. I pray for the courage to persevere with the rest of my brothers and sisters, until your Kingdom comes. Amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people who God used to start CedarCreek 21 years ago, and was on staff until 2013. She and her husband Mike love to travel the country in their motor home with their kitties Jane & Mary. Lauri is passionate about prayer, and about helping women discover who they are in Christ. She doesn’t tweet but you can follow her and Mike’s adventures on Facebook.
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