I took a spiritual gifts test earlier this week. This isn’t a big deal. I generally take them a couple of times a year, just to see if maybe I have some undiscovered talent, that will thrust me into the limelight. Spoiler Alert: I don’t.
Every time I take a gift assessment, it shows me the same doggone two gifts: Teaching and Administration. Anybody who has spent significant time with me during my faith walk, can tell you that these are my gifts. Hopefully, they have seen me put my gifts to use. But that’s not a guarantee. My gifts aren’t glamorous. At least, not to me. They are for every day use. Ordinary, even.
That being said, I want to be clear that I love the gifts I do have. I enjoy being able to explain things in a way that makes the light bulb come on for some people. I love putting together a plan and watching things fall into place. I have no desire to be a prophet or an evangelist.
Have you ever seen someone operating in their gift? They have a glow about them. I crave that for myself. I want that for every person I know. But I got a revelation the other day that disturbed me. When I am operating in my giftedness, I am rarely looking in the mirror. No one is recording me. The only way for me to know if I have “the glow”, like Bruce Leroy in the Last Dragon, is by the feedback I receive from the people around me. If I’m doubly blessed, they’ll start reflecting the light that I’m projecting.
Are you operating in your gifts? Check with the people around you. They’ll be able to tell you for sure.
Maybe my gifts aren’t glitzy or glamorous, but I do hope that my little light is helping someone see through their darkness.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt 5:16