6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 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. Romans 12:6-8 (ESV) God has given you talents and abilities, but you may not know what they are. Not knowing your talents and abilities does not change the reality that God has given them to you as a gift. Not only has He given you these gifts, but He has given them to you with the distinct purpose to glorify Him through your gifts. Too often, Christians are not seeing their gifts as a means to glorify God. Instead, they see their gifts as a tool to make money or gain success. This is not wrong in its proper context. Yet, we ought to change our perspective and understand that all our talent and abilities can be used to honor God. Your gifts may not be grand or spectacular by human’s standards. However, by God’s standards, you are an essential part of the body of Christ. I want to emphasize that you should not think lowly of your gifts because in doing so, you may start to think lowly of the Gift Giver. It is important to not merely identify with one specific gift, God has given you a multitude of gifts that you may have not even discovered yet. You may ask, how do I discover these God-given gifts? Go to God in prayer, read His word and ask him to open your eyes to see the ways in which you can glorify Him. Also, open yourself up to new opportunities that may reveal new abilities or talents that you didn’t know you had. If you know what some of your gifts are and are discouraged because you don’t see how you can glorify God through them; you need to hear this message. Whether your giftings are in art, teaching, math, preaching, music, or writing, God uses it all for His glory. Whether these gifts are being applied in the context of work, at home or at church, God simply exhorts you to find your gifts and use them in a capacity that is honoring to Christ. Too often, people spend so much time desiring other people’s gifts. However, we ought to be embracing the gifts that God has given us because He knows us, and more specifically, He knows you better than you do. It would be a shame to fail to use your gifts for God’s glory, so don’t waste your gifts.