Do you ever feel like you don’t quite measure up in your faith walk? Do you compare your knowledge of Scripture with your friends or family, and think to yourself, I should know more, I should understand it better? Do you compare your gifts and talents to those around you? Do you wonder what gift you were given? I think we all suffer from the “I can’t write devotions or sew mittens,” or “I can’t quote Scripture or share my faith with strangers I meet,” feelings. I am a perfect example of those exact things. I often wonder what my gifts are, and how God is using me through my daily life. Quite often, I am reminded of them by other people, because I don’t always see my gifts in the same way as those around me. Thankfully, God doesn’t measure our worth in how many devotions we write or how many mittens we knit. We do these things because we want to, because we want to share God’s Love and God’s Word with all those around us and because “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.”
Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
This piece of scripture is always a great reminder to me when I feel like I don’t measure up in the worldly sense. It reminds me that I don’t have to measure up, that He loves me, and, in that love and grace, I want to serve Him in the ways only I can, with the gifts that only He has given me. And along with my brothers and sisters in Christ, we will serve Him together, each using our gifts, in every aspect of this worldly life, which God prepared beforehand. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
My husband likes to tease me that I have this “special light” that shines on me. I believe God is shining His light through me. I could never shine without His Love and Grace. Just as He shines His Light through each of you!
Pam – Saskatchewan