Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Living life with a sense of significance is available to every Christian. The moment we discover the grace given to us in Christ is the moment meaning and importance is can be added to us. Every Christian has gifts of grace given to them for a significant role in God’s purposes on Earth. Romans 12:6 says, “Having gifts differing according to the grace given unto us…” and then lists various gifts in verses 6-8 (prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, giving, administering (ruling), showing mercy). We all have grace we share in common with other believers but then we all have grace that makes us differ. This grace gifting is what moves us and motivates us to see certain needs and a desire to meet it. We aren’t all gifted in the same way but we are all gifted in some way. Don’t accept a label from people or lie to your thoughts from the devil that you are a “nobody,” that you are not valuable, or that your life doesn’t matter. You are somebody by the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Even though the seasons of our life change with regard to our work, livelihood, and family we still have significance because these gifts do not change. They do not go into retirement, they do not age, they are not subject to recall, and are without repentance (Romans 11:29). God will not change His mind about what He put in us and planned for their use. God has vested and deposited gifts of grace as evidence of our significant role in His plans.
We all must realize:
- We are gifted.
- We did not choose our gifts, God did.
- They are Heaven’s deposit of grace.
- These gifts are not for us but for us to help others.
- There is no hierarchy in the gifts (IE., big gifts, small gifts) because any gift that serves others is not small.
- We are to be a good (faithful/obedient) steward of what we’ve been given.
- There will be equal rewards for equal faithfulness no matter what the gifts are.