All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
– 1 Corinthians 12:11 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
We don’t choose our strengths, God does, and He distributes them as He determines. How do you know the gifts that you have? Just look at things that irritate you about your church or others. Maybe you are irritated because you are expecting those people to possess what is natural to you. Maybe you are irritated that your church is not “doing what it should” when you are probably the one God has sent to cultivate that gift. Blessed is the person who is able to rejoice in their strengths and not judge others because they don’t have them. As we use our gifts in humility, God will cause all of us to grow.