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    How to Use Your Gifts to Glorify Christ

    As Christians, we are all given gifts and talents by God to use for His kingdom and glory. The question is, how can we begin to use our gifts?

    First, I want to be clear: Any time we use our gifts is an opportunity to glorify God. If you’re a singer and someone compliments you on your voice, a God-honoring response would be, “Thank you, this is God’s gift to me and I try to use it for His glory.”

    Let’s talk about a some possible opportunities to use our gifts for God!

    If your God-given talent is entertainment-oriented like singing, dancing or playing an instrument, you could talk to your pastor about joining the worship or drama team at your church. If your church doesn’t have a drama/dance team, partner with some other gifted people (make sure at least one of them is gifted in administration and organization!) and talk to your pastor about starting one!

    To bless people in your community, contact convalescent homes or homeless shelters to offer free performances for the facility. You can bless the people with your routines and then spend some time talking to them and maybe even praying for them!

    If your talent is artistic but not performance-based like painting, drawing or sculpture, you can do something I’m going to call worship art. Ask your pastor if you can set up your materials during a special service (Easter’s coming up) and then paint, draw or sculpt whatever you feel God is showing you during the service. God loves art and He will use yours to bless your congregation!

    Alternatively, you may wish to contact a community center about holding an art class for children, or you could sell your art and use the proceeds to donate to a charity like Water Wells for Africa, Invisible Children or To Write Love on Her Arms. You could also donate to a homeless shelter in your city.

    If your talent is teaching, ask your Sunday school teacher for permission to teach your Sunday school class occasionally, or ask to teach a class in the children’s ministry department.

    Alternatively, and if you are brave, you can ask a teacher at school if they would be willing to let you help them teach your class! This may require some extra work, but I can almost guarantee that if you do this, somebody is going to ask, “Why?” Then you can tell them how God has gifted you to teach!

    If your gift is communicating, by all means find your favorite form of media and communicate your heart out! Use YouTube, WordPress (or another blogging service), Facebook and Twitter to communicate your message. Use your gift to communicate the Gospel and to draw much-needed attention to causes that you care about!

    Last but not least, if your gift is administrative or organizational, you have a foundational gift. Your gift is the backbone of successful ministries everywhere. So if your friends have gifts like those listed above but don’t know where to begin, use your gift to help them. Your gift helps the Kingdom of God by supporting, directing and organizing others. You help the rest of us get our ministries up and running!

    How are you using your gifts and talents to glorify God? What other ways can you glorify God with your talents?

    Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons (1 Cor. 12:4-6).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    13 COMMENTS

    1. my talent is writing so I want to glorify God in everything I write. I want to be like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and write books that sorta explain things about God in a way that isnt boring and that even aetheist will read

    2. Thank you for posting this! I’m a singer, I sing on my youth group’s worship team. And I’m currently in a Christian based competition. My dream has ALWAYS been to sing for hundreds of thousands of people every night, drawing people closer to God. I plan on being huge, and go on tours, all while stopping in countries with hungery or struggling people, and minister to them through music, and teaching. How can I do that? Where can I start off?

    3. Oh my goodness gracious! Thank you! I new God has given me gifts and that He wanted me to share them and use them to praise Him, but I had no idea how! Now I do! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to start! 🙂

    4. I am actually playing guitar in a youth worship team at my church! Every time we’ve finished for the morning, I really feel happy that we’ve helped people worship and maybe even had lifted people up. It’s quite an incredible experience and I love it so much.

      • You could volunteer with an after school program at an elementary school or volunteer some time at a daycare on the weekends. Or you could just spend time with little kids in your neighborhood! If God has given you the gift of being able to talk to anyone, I have trouble thinking of ways not to use that gift! Girl, get out there are start talkin’ to people about the Lord!! 🙂

    5. I am blessed in many ways, like every girl, but a few talents I want to keep up as I go off to college in a few years is my public speaking skills and my language skills. I have studied Spanish for 3 years and I am nearly fluent. I love to communicate with people and teach, so I want to be a Spanish teacher. Language is so important to reach out to others around the world and spread God’s Word! 🙂

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