How do you seek God with your gifts and not yourself? How do you seek what God’s heart is instead of living for what you want while using the talents He’s placed in you?
These are questions that have gone through my mind time and time again, and I’m not sure I can say I know the exact answer, but I do have a friend who passionately pours herself into seeking God in every area of her life from rescuing kittens that need a home to ministering to people on set with other actors and actresses.
She inspires me. Honestly, even though, sadly, the podcast edit got a bit messed up (because of something I did that I shouldn’t have on the editing), I didn’t want to re-record because i wasn’t sure if we would be able to repeat the joy, the conviction you hear in Jamie’s voice as she shares her story.
In this podcast Jamie and I covered questions that often make the rest of us think hard (especially when you’re fresh out of high-school or college).
We talked about:
- how to figure out what your talents are
- not comparing your gifts to others
- how to dedicate those gifts to the Lord
- using your gifts for God’s glory
- having a ministry mindset in the way you bless others
- why the Christian can use their gifts to bless others in any area
- why you don’t have to divorce your faith from your work
- brokenness turning into a way to bless others with your gifts
- how your story can shape your talents
Verses On Gifts/Talents:
Romans 12:6-8, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
1 Corinthians 3:5-11, “5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled[a] master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 25:19-23, “ Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[e] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Now, how do you use your talents to bless others?
What are some talents God has given you?