Rachel Atchley is our guest today, encouraging all of us to use the gifts God gives us. Each one of us has been made with purpose and have been equipped to fulfill our purpose. Sometimes life can be so fast-paced that we may have a tendency to stop using the gifts that God gives us. Gifts that were meant to bless God, bless us, and bless others. I hope that you receive the same motivation as I did after reading this article to seek out and become aware of your special gifts… and then use them! Enjoy!
It’s like you are in a desert—dry sand in your mouth, howling winds kicking it up to the sky, so you can’t even see a mirage in the distance. This has been my most recent experience, spiritually. I think everyone runs into this season during their relationship with God. You’re pretty sure you are “okay” with Him, so you focus your attention on other areas of your life.
But God and I were not okay. I was having my prayer and devotional time every day like usual, but it had been a while since I had felt truly refreshed. I know God has His reasons for the seasons we go through in our relationship with Him, even though while we’re going through them we feel lost, confused, dried out, empty. I was so frustrated, but that’s always how I feel before I get my breakthrough because the enemy wants me to give up before I get there.
I started listening to worship songs that I used to play with my church worship team before I moved away. Those songs stirred up so many emotions, so many memories of feeling God’s intense presence and watching Him do amazing things in the congregation as we played. And as the songs kept playing, one after another, I knew what was wrong. This talent, one of the gifts God has given me to use, hadn’t been touched in months. My electric bass (the instrument I play) had been sitting in the guest bedroom upstairs, gathering dust. As quickly as I could, I put all the worship songs I could fit onto some blank CDs, ran up the stairs, tuned my bass, and got to playing.
As I played, God’s sweet presence started to rush into the room. The weight I’d been feeling, the emptiness pulling at me when I woke up every morning was washed away. I was in that room until my fingers couldn’t play anymore. This may all sound silly to the reader, but let me explain…
One of the saddest things in the world is having a gift and never using it for the glory of God.
Playing bass is one of my gifts. But I hadn’t been using it to bless other people or to help bring them into God’s presence the way I had before—I wasn’t using it at all. And when all one does is constantly receive without giving, they are left with a hole in their heart. I wasn’t being used for the reason God had given me the gift in the first place. I used the excuse that there was no opportunity for Him to use me, but I wasn’t even making myself available to be used. My talent was rusty and I wasn’t attempting to upkeep or improve it. So in a way, I was blocking God from taking me to new levels because I wasn’t totally giving myself to Him.
I challenge you, women of God. I know we are married and have husbands, houses, children, jobs, and pets to take care of. But each and every one of you has been given an amazing gift—one that only you will be able to perform a certain way and only you can reach certain people with it. Even if your life is busy, God will give you a way to be able to use it. If you have been struggling in your relationship with God and find yourself empty, I ask you to examine yourself.
Are you allowing God to use you?
Are you making yourself available for Him to use you when the time comes?
Don’t try to have a gift that isn’t within your capacity to do (I can play bass and write, but I am not the most organized or the greatest planner). And even if your gift seems small or unimportant, I encourage you to start using it. God wouldn’t have given it to you if the world didn’t need it in some way. If you don’t know what it is, ask God to give you inspiration to do it. Ask your husband, family, or friends what you are really good at—chances are it is or has something to do with your gift.
I beg you, don’t waste the gift of God.
Don’t let it sit in a corner as long as I did. You could keep yourself from experiencing God’s presence in a whole new way and you could also be hindering others from knowing Him. Knowing the depths and new directions my personal times with God have gone to, I don’t want anyone else to miss out on that joy and fulfillment. Don’t limit yourself because the One who made you gave you a purpose, which you wouldn’t have if He didn’t give you the ability to complete that purpose.
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” – 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
– Rachel Atchley