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Gifted for Ministry Introduction: Every Christian has been gifted for ministry with different talents. Purposeful stewardship involves using all these talents to serve others and glorify Christ. ďTalentsĒ means both our natural abilities and supernatural, spiritual gifts. God wants us to use our natural abilities and spiritual gifts to serve others and glorify Christ. If we would do so, we must follow three steps:

I. Discover Our Talents ďEach of you has been blessed with one of Godís many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well.Ē -1 Peter 4:10 (CEV) We owe it to ourselves and God to discover our talents. We can never use the talentss God has given us until we first know what they are. Itís not as easy to discover our talents as some might lead us to believe. Ed McManus, editor of The Jokesmith newsletter, wrote a humor booklet about folks in human resources. Itís called What is a Human Resource? and in it he explains how people get assigned to particular jobs. You leave them in a conference room for four hours. Then, you go back to see what theyíre doing.
If they donít look up when you enter the room, assign them to the Security Department.
If theyíre counting the butts in the ashtray, put them in Finance.
If theyíve taken the table apart, put them in Engineering.
If theyíre screaming and waving their arms, send them off to Manufacturing.
And if theyíve left early, put them in Sales.
But seriously, there are ways in which we can discover our natural abilities and spiritual gifts. One way to recognize our talents is by noticing the things we excel at and enjoy doing. Another is to ask close friends or family members which areas they see as our strengths. Yet a third is to take one of the various tests that measure our strengths and weaknesses, as well as reveal spiritual gifts. I have such tests you can take that can help you to discover your natural abilities and spiritual gifts. But discovering our abilities and gifts is only the first step. Next we need to:

II. Develop Our Talents Knowing what our talents are isnít enough. We need to develop our natural abilities and spiritual gifts. Itís tragic that many Christians who know what their talents are never bother to develop them for the Masterís use. (**Tell story of Peter Gerber). God gives talents to all of his children. But they must be developed into real talents that benefit others and glorify Christ. Whether your natural ability is cooking, sewing, writing, playing an instrument, singing or athletics, we should work to develop each talent out of respect and in glory of our Creator who bestowed these talents and gifts. We also should work to develop the spiritual gifts God has bestowed upon us. Paul once told Timothy, ďDo not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecies spoken to you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.Ē -1