Legos have long been one of my favorite toys, to this day if you put Legos in front of me, I will play with them for hours. There really is no other toy like them, the creative possibilities are only limited by our imaginations. So many pieces of different colors and shapes. It sometimes felt overwhelming trying to figure out what I was going to build.
Often we feel the same way about our spiritual gifts as well. We have been given so much, we know it can be used to accomplish great things for God’s Kingdom, but it can seem so huge and very overwhelming.
We need to realize a few things about these spiritual gifts, and Paul’s letter to the church in Rome sheds a little insight on them.
Romans 12:3 NIV
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
One of the biggest problems we face in the church when it comes to our gifts, talents and abilities is that we too often let them go to our heads. We start thinking that WE are doing amazing things, that WE are achieving so much, that WE are advancing God’s Kingdom. In other words, we start believing the hype about ourselves. Paul was constantly reminding the early church of these dangers, by telling them that all he had done was only possible because of the gifts that God had given him. In Luke chapter 10 even Jesus reminds us that the gifts are not what we should be rejoicing in, but that we should be rejoicing in our salvation, something that we can never earn no matter how gifted or talented we are.
But that doesn’t mean we sit idle. Remember the Parable of the 3 Talents. Our gifts have been given to us so that we may do something with them, and that we can be trusted with even more gifts. We have to value our spiritual gifts because they come from God, and have to put them to their intended uses.
Any gift we receive is useless if we don’t open it and use it. The same is true for our spiritual giftings, they must be put into practice if they are to have any value. And the reason they are so varied is because we are all intended to do different things for God. Just like the Lego pieces are all different so are we. The gifts God has given you are custom fitted to your personality and purpose that God has set out for your life.
Think about the Legos, apart they can do nothing, but when we start taking each individual and unique brick, we can begin to build something. A creative force takes over and each brick finds its place and is put to use. That is our gifts in the church, apart our gifts are great, together we make up an effective and passionate church that shines the love of God, but only if we put our gifts into action. After all, you can’t build anything out of one brick. So get plugged in!