We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith . . .—Romans 12:6
Super hero movies are all the rage, even though they are all pretty much the same. There is a super hero (or a team of them) who all possess different “powers” that enable them to stave off death and overcome a slightly less super agent of evil.
And we all dream of being super heroes, at some point or another. For Christmas last year, my wife and I frugally opted not to buy my two young nephews more pricey toys to gather dust on their pricey-toy laden shelves. Instead, we made them super hero capes with their names and lightning bolts on them. The boys were ecstatic as they “flew” about the living room, struck heroic (and goofy) poses, and spouted jargon they thought befitting of upgraded versions of themselves.
And these are the dreams I often have. I wish I had invisibility or the power of flight, but I know I can’t. So then I go to next-best dreams in which I wish to have the things I see in others around me—whatever things I don’t have.
But this is where verse six needs to enter my mind and shift my paradigm. The Bible tells me elsewhere that I am “fearfully and wonderfully” made in the Image of God. The God of the universe—infinitely wise and powerful—wired me up with purpose in mind. He placed within me gifts. These gifts may be different than those I might naively have chosen, the world may not even regard them highly, but they are mine and God values and wants to use them to impact the world around me. Often rather than engaging my unique gifts and talents I wonder what it would be like to have some other gift or talent, like Superman hailing a taxi rather than flying. This is a sad, useless state to be in.
I need to own the gifts God gave me, and develop them. I need to appreciate the gifts I see in others and tap into those. I need to walk in the things set before me, and overcome this world by the unique super powers placed in my care by a good and thoughtful God.
In summary, I need to recognize my gifts and the grace by which they were bestowed.