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January 22, 2023

Planted: The Gifting

By:
Don
Rashid

God wants to do something extraordinary through you.

Pastor Eli Nelson led My City Church through the final piece of a four-part series: PLANTED. We have discussed The Gathering, The Growing, The Giving, and now The Gifting. Starting the first weekend in February, PLANTED classes will be held after the first service for those who weren't able to hear each of these messages. If you call My City Church home, going through PLANTED is a top priority!

In describing the gifting, Pastor Eli reminded the Church that we are called to flourish and use the unique talents God has given each one of us. Using our talents is one way to be fruitful in our lives. Pastor Eli described Acts 2:41-47 as the theme passage, with emphasis on verse 43: “Everyone was filled with awe at the wonders and signs performed by the apostles.” We are called to use our gifts just as the apostles were uniquely called.

Potential comes in seed form.

“Your gifting, your extraordinary potential, starts as a seed. It's up to you to plant it and develop it. What you do with it will determine its fruit.” - Pastor Eli Nelson

Our belief governs our actions. God can use you in any season of life - there’s always another opportunity if we are available. You are gifted and anointed to accomplish God's purpose for your life. Finding our gift or unique talent usually starts with serving. Our gifting must be put to work. Work with what you have, not what you think you need.

What have you been entrusted with?

Using the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30, the illustration was made that God gave us our gifts uniquely, and we are to steward them well. We shouldn't compare ourselves or start painting people's potentials from the outside when God really looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

Everyone is hungry for potential, but they haven't taken the time to develop a pattern. Patterns communicate character. Patterns reveal potential. God selects people based on patterns of behavior. In stewardship, God looks at the heart. God looks for character patterns. The little patterns in your life are significant.

GOD LOOKS FOR PATTERNS. PATTERNS REVEAL POTENTIAL.

Every gifting begins with availability – while it may look minor to the world, to God, it means everything. Do not despise small beginnings. The hard, small things point to the gift God is developing in you. What may look like a curse to you, may be an opportunity of God’s grace. Giving gratitude for all that we have is vitally important. Just like Stephen in Acts 6:2-8, he did not let his position or season in life dictate his potential. Every gifting starts in seed form.

“The largest gifting starts with the smallest seed.” - Pastor Eli Nelson

Many believers never step out to use their talents. Say "yes" to anything Jesus asks. A lot of people disqualify themselves because they don’t think they have the education or experience to use the gifting given to them. Consider this affirmation: “It is my responsibility to steward my full potential.” Unlocking your extraordinary potential begins with the smallest gifting. Just like David shepherding his sheep, overlooked people often are set apart by God.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

You have no idea what God has on the other side of your "yes." God wants to use you. Action steps determine the fruit. Ask yourself how God can use you with the unique gifting He has given you.

God, we want to be trusted and used by you.

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