Resolve to Grow in Your Gifts

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It’s that time of year again when we begin to think of resolutions, reflecting on the past year and where we want to grow and change. For some of us, this reflection on desired growth can feel far-reaching, setting big goals for this year and possibly feeling shame for goals set last year that never came to fruition.

I would like to pose a different thought into this “New Year, new you” frenzy, my friend. There are parts of you—beautiful parts that are uniquely you—that may not fit into the mold of everyone around you, but these unique qualities are beautifully and perfectly designed by God.

As we enter this year, evaluate last year recognizing where you are gifted, where you are talented, where you have been growing and continue to build on that. Set goals of leaning more into the woman and person you are created to be and accepting more of who you are.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about the tendency to compare our gifts in the body of Christ and look to other parts of the body wondering what it would be like to be more like them. “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?” (1 Cor. 12:17). In this chapter, Paul writes to the Corinthians challenging their tendency to seek gifts to boost their own influence, which divided the community. Believers’ mutual care and concern for each other encouraged unity. God’s diverse arrangement of gifts in the community made this possible.

This year, I hope you will set your goals knowing your relevance is found in your God-given gifts. Paul discusses the various gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 and then again in Romans 12. He includes gifts of serving, teaching, encouragement, giving, leading, and showing mercy, to name a few.

What Are Your Gifts?

So how are you gifted? What can you lean into this year where you can use and continue to grow in your spiritual gifts? How might your community be impacted if individuals in the body of Christ each became more focused on their gifts, working together as one in local ministries? How beautiful it would be!

Maybe you’re someone gifted in leadership; you are drawn to the role of leading and encouraging your community. Or you love to serve—it excites you to play behind the scenes and help in any way you’re needed. Or maybe you are merciful—you look at the world and people around you and show compassion, wanting to help them in their struggles and hard moments and bring life and love into their worlds.

As we think about spiritual gifts this month, I would encourage you to consider your spiritual gifts. Let this instruct you as you live out the new year being more of the person God created you to be.

Dive deeper into the topic of spiritual gifts with an interactive Bible study. New Hope Publisher’s Face-to-Face with Mary and Martha helps women discover their diverse spiritual gifts and combine them to reach out in love.

Abi Khavari is a mother of 2 who lives in Denver, Colorado. After serving overseas, she followed her call back to the States and has been ministering to her family and community. Right now, her missions field extends from tucking her toddlers in with hymns and prayers to gathering women together in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) to share their hearts and their journeys.

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