Using God’s Good Gifts

Several of us were crammed in a small room. Two cameras, a backdrop, and some lights took up what space was left.

In front of the cameras was an older South Asian man, a former Hindu turned follower of Jesus, sharing his testimony.

I sat behind the cameras watching the whole interview take place, listening to this man talk about how he was a believer despite his wife and 2 sons still being Hindu and how he followed Jesus because he knew Jesus answered his prayers.

After 4 weeks of being in South Asia on my first-ever missions trip, this was the moment that changed everything for me. Here was this man, following Jesus with everything he had, and our team, working to capture his story to show others across the world how God is working in South Asia.\

Tears streamed down my face as the man continued his story, and I knew this story was the kind I was called to tell—the story of a God Who loves all people and wants them to personally know His love.

We all have a part to play in getting the gospel to those who need to hear it. For you, that may mean looking at the things you enjoy doing and seeing how they fit in with sharing the gospel. How can your gifts and talents play a role in serving your church or missionaries abroad?

For me, using my gifts means being a diligent part of my team, reaching unbelieving students with the gospel, and equipping believing students to take the gospel to others. But it also means using my gifts that aren’t necessarily spiritual, like media, to bring glory to God.

Matthew 7:11 says God loves to give good gifts to those who ask Him. God doesn’t give us gifts for them to not be used. He has shown me that I can use my media gifts in what I’m doing now, even if my job description doesn’t specifically say that. It has been my greatest joy to serve teammates and partners by seeing how I can take my media skills to create newsletters, training manuals, and many other things that are being used to further the gospel in South Asia.

Praise God that all gifts have a role in furthering His kingdom and that He uses what He gives us for His glory.

Emily Todd* is a cross-cultural worker serving among the people of South Asia.

*Name changed.

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