Of course, Christmas is all about gifts.
- At the center of Christmas is God’s gift to all, Jesus, the only way to eternal life. For us it’s prepaid—bought with no small sacrifice—free if received, and effective if employed.
- Christians are also guaranteed at least one spiritual gift, by the way, which is employed in ministry.
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:17
Since we can’t leave our faith at the door, a spiritual gift can be utilized in the workplace to further enhance your value, but such employment may be problematic in some cases, leading to persecutions (Mark 10:30). Still spiritual gifts employed have spiritual impacts and this can’t be bad!
- On the theme of gifts, with reference to what we do at iWork, everyone has some God-given talent or gift that can be employed to gain and sustain employment.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
Have you discovered how fearfully and wonderfully made you are?
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Psalm 139:15
God was involved in your creation. He skillfully and artfully made you as would an artisan, as would a craftsman, with purpose and intent.
- Self-assessment by any number of means can help you discover your design. You may have more than one natural gift, and you usually do.
Let’s look at a few Bible characters to see what natural gifts they were given.
- David had gifts as a musician, singer, poet, warrior, military leader, and politician.
- Daniel was a skilled politician, diplomat and administrator.
God gave them these gifts to them to be successful in life, as well as to serve him, and they needed them all!
- Have you been shortchanged? No!
To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Matthew 25:15
I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all. Eccl. 9:18
Put everything you’ve been given to work!