Note from the Life Application Study Bible
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” (Romans 12:6-8, NLT)
Just take a look at the beautiful world around us; God’s love of diversity is evident. Just as there are differences in his earthly creation, there is also variety in the spiritual gifts he has given us. Though we all have different gifts, the goal is the same—to give glory to the giver. Read more about God’s gifts from the Life Application Study Bible:
Look at the list of gifts in Romans 12:6-8 and imagine the kinds of people who would have each gift. Prophets are often bold and articulate. Servers (those in ministry) are faithful and loyal. Teachers are clear thinkers. Encouragers know how to motivate others. Givers are generous and trusting. Leaders are good organizers and managers. Those who show kindness are caring people who are happy to give their time to others. It would be difficult for one person to embody all these gifts. An assertive prophet would not usually make a good counselor, and a generous giver might fail as a leader. When you identify your own gifts (and this list is far from complete), ask God and others how you can best use them. At the same time, realize that your gifts can’t do the work of the church all alone. Be thankful for people whose gifts are completely different from yours. Let your strengths balance their weaknesses, and be grateful that their abilities make up for your deficiencies. Together you can build Christ’s church.
God gives us gifts so we can build up his church. To use them effectively, we must:
- realize that all gifts and abilities come from God
- understand that not everyone has the same gifts
- know who we are and what we do best
- dedicate our gifts to God’s service and not to our personal success
- be willing to utilize our gifts wholeheartedly, not holding back anything from God’s service
God’s gifts differ in nature, power, and effectiveness according to his wisdom and graciousness, not according to our faith. Our role is to be faithful and to look for ways to serve others using the gifts God has given us.
18 thoughts on “How to Use the Gifts God Has Given You”
I am really looking forward to the LASB Update! Several years ago Margaret (Mark Taylors Secretary) assissted me in getting the LASB to 254 Kenyan Pastors (Kipkaren Tribe) and they are still using them! This coming year they have invited me to come full time for 1 or 2 years to assist them in establishing a Bible based Discioleship Cirriculum. The LASB has been called “A Bible College in a Book”.
This is such wonderful news! Thank you for sharing this and for your ministry! Love to hear how God is transforming lives and communities with the Life Application Study Bible!
Please I need an updated life application study bible. How do I get it.
The updated version will be releasing in October. We will be sharing more over the next few months. Thanks!
May I get one of those Bible’s. Life application study Bible.
These Bibles are available for purchase at many bookstores or online including Amazon.
Thank you so much for the gift use update, I am hopping to get information on how to procure a Life Application Study Bible (Commentary version) onto my iPad to allow easier reading of the small handwritten comments to make understand the Bible better. Please do advise or send a downloaded/downloadable version to make my study easier.
The Life Application Study Bible app is available for purchase through the Tyndale Bibles app. You can find it the Apple App Store or on Google Play
Thank you so much …..
Wow,Thank you Jesus.
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Thank you for sharing.
Is there Protestant edition of the NLT Bible as well? Or only Catholic edition?
Hi Daniel! We have two brands of the NLT that have Catholic editions. The rest are protestant. Thanks for the question!
the bible is easy to read and study.and its wonderful news to hear keep up the work,would like to hear more about Jesus and share the word
Wow! How inspiring! Thank you Lord Jesus for sending this e-mail to my inbox this morning! One of the gifts God has given me is teaching & a way with children. So, I am in college right now working on my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education to become a preschool special needs teacher
Thank you so much for sharing and following God’s call for your life! Many blessings!
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Does the book cover more information on Gifts or just what is quoted in this email?