I wanted to take this opportunity to meditate on the glorious fact that God has gifted us each with specific attributes to benefit His Kingdom. Each gift and talent is idiosyncratic with who we are as God’s chosen people. And while all these gifts are different according to who they were given to, there is ONE similarity: each comes from the same Spirit and are used for the same purpose. The origin in the same. And when we, as His body, pursue our gifts and understand the importance of using them properly, our walk with Him improves and grows. He is well pleased. He delights when we delight in what He has done in us.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6 ESV)
As teenagers, the gifts God has blessed us with have been given to us for a reason, according to the time we were born and the people we will encounter. As youths, it is important to understand the seriousness of using our gifts to their full potential in such times of peril and complexity. (1 Timothy 4:14) God is not surprised. He has written it in His Book for the younger generation to be who they are, with the abilities they have. There are no coincidences. You [the reader] are here right now for a reason; you may not know what that is, but you are. Remember, we are the salt and light of the earth. (Matthew 5:13-16) It is up us to be that for/to the world.
Reading the Bible, we all know that every person is unique. From Noah, to David, to Peter, to Paul, each had their own distinct personality, gift, passion, and relationship with Jesus. David was poetic and heartfelt, while Paul was more scholarly and educational. In my opinion, they were totally different people, with different strengths, different weaknesses - yet, they were still accompanied by the Holy Spirit and yearned to benefit the Kingdom of God.
I believe that as His body, we work for Him - literally. Every time we witness to the lost, get involved in church, feed the poor, etc. we are doing work for God. As I sit here writing this article for my Godly family to read, I consider myself working for the Almighty. The simple thought of doing work for the Creator of the Universe can be daunting; but really, it should be the total opposite. It should be a comforting thought - a thought that gives us confidence to keep using what we have.
For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:9 ESV)
Our talents and abilities are God’s gift to us. What we do with them is our gift back to God.
God is opening up amazing doors left and right - and I mean amazing, especially in youth today. Remember, our talents are associated with our passions. For example, my talents include writing, while my main passion is for youth. Someone else's may be photography and blogging. Each person is uniquely tailored by the Lord to glorify Him.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10 ESV)
Humbly, I want to share something with you. Recently, I have been given a blessed opportunity from God to blog - more! An encouraging organization called GLAM Camp for Girls approached me and expressed their interest in me getting involved with their ministry. For months on end, I had talked to God briefly about my passion He’d given me for people my own age. I asked God to open a door for me, on His time clock, that would allow me to use my passions and talents to not only benefit my desired age group, but strictly glorify Him. And He did not hesitate in answering those prayers!
GLAM Camp for Girls is an organization geared towards young tween/teen girls who desire to ignite their passion in God and their communities. Their goal is to encourage and inspire them to be leaders, world-changers, and most importantly: themselves! And yes, it is a literal camp! It is a 3-4 day overnight event for girls (12-18) that occurs in different cities across the U.S. It is founded by Dove and Stellar award nominated recording artist Melinda Watts. The camp addresses God-confidence, leadership, peer pressure, making healthy choices, and more! To learn more about the camp or to register, please visit their main site: http://www.glamcampforgirls.org/about/
My point here is that God is eager to use us. Your abilities, desires, and yearnings are no surprise to God. He is the one that initiated those desires in the first place, therefore He will fulfill them.
God is opening doors to use you. He is closing the door that taught you one lesson and is opening another door to teach you the next one. It sounds so cliche, but there is purpose for/to your life. He did not create a single human being without a story. Each person has their own unique story, walk, and journey designed by the Lord. And it is important that while He has given us the gift, we exercise the gift to glorify Him.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV)