What is it that drives you to do more, to fulfill your purpose? It’s easy to look at other people and think, “Wow, their gift is amazing! I wish I could do something like that,” or “Why didn’t God give me a better gift?” But when we think like that, we’re missing out on so much that God created us to experience.
No one gift is more important than the other, even if some are more obvious than others. You can see how important hands, eyes, and feet are to the human body because every day your hands allow you to make things, your eyes let you see things, and your feet take you places. But what you can’t see working is just as important as what you can’t see. How well would your body function if you didn’t have a stomach? What about your lungs, or your bones and muscles? Every part of the body is designed with a specific purpose, and is important to the healthy functioning of the body as a whole.
The Bible uses that analogy to describe how every believer has an important part to play in the Church. We’re all a part of the body of Christ, and whether we are a foot, a stomach, an eye, or any other part, we have a special role to play that can’t be done by any other part.
Unless our hearts are in the right condition, our gifts are useless. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts, because they are the core of who we are and will determine how we live our lives. Know that God created you to make a difference in the world, and use the gift He has given you to do so.
1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” Guard your heart by filling your heart with faith so you will have the courage to use your gift, letting hope give you the motivation to never quit working for His Kingdom, and loving the things that God loves. When we can all show faith, hope, and love together, using our gifts as a single body, incredible things will happen.