Recognizing the Gifts of Others Glorifies God
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:4-8
We are a people, gifted in many ways.
Each of us has been given gifts by the Lord in order we would use them to build His kingdom. When pondering these gifts, we must remember we aren’t the owners of them, but only stewards. God is the gift Giver. This means we have no claim to any praise or admiration that may come to us as an effect of the gift. He alone is worthy of praise, and anything good found in us is only a reflection of Jesus (John 15:5; Psalm 16:2).
Although we don't deserve an ounce of praise for these gifts, it is beneficial for us all to practice looking for and recognizing the gifts we see in other believers. In fact, it would be more beneficial to the Kingdom if each of us would spend less time taking quizzes seeking out our own giftedness and more time searching out and speaking forth the gifts of others.
With a biblical understanding regarding God-given gifts, we see why it would glorify Him to recognize them in our fellow believer. When we thank someone for these gifts and her willingness to use them for the kingdom of God, the praise belongs to Him. If we refuse to honor others for the ways we see God using them, we hush that praise.
Our motive for honoring others is not because of who they are, but instead because of who God is in them. Of course, we're sinful, and pride is always waiting to grab us, but we shouldn't let the fear of building up one's ego stop us from thanking God for the gifts He's given them.
Furthermore, it shows Christ to the world when we push others forward rather than seeking attention, respect, and honor ourselves. If you see a friend encouraging others well, tell her. If you recognize the generosity of someone, thank them.
When God uses a person to speak truth to your heart, allow them to see how He is using them by relaying that information to them.
Ladies, we are prone to tear other women down. Let us strive to be women who build each other up in Christ instead.
Father, we are so thankful You use fragile and faulty humans to accomplish Your kingdom work and spread the Gospel. I pray we would encourage others in the gifts You’ve given them. Guard our hearts against envy, and help us to rejoice with our sisters in the way You’re using them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Who can you encourage today?
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.