4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
We have a responsibility as a member of the body of Christ to use our spiritual gifts given to us by the grace of God. We have to ask ourselves, 1) What are my gifts? 2) Am I using them to build up the body of Christ? I know this can be a difficult one, because I think many of us may be unsure of what our spiritual gifts are and how to use them. I think the first thing we need to do is pray and ask God to give us clear guidance on what it is that he has for us to do as a member of the body of Christ. Ask him what your spiritual gift is, but also take time to examine yourself. Think about what you are good at, maybe it is teaching, serving others, or encouraging whatever those qualities that people tend to rely on you for may be a clue to what your spiritual gifts are.
Once you discover the spiritual gifts you’ve been blessed with, then look for opportunities to serve. Ask the Lord to put you in the place and around the people that you can best serve or work with to accomplish his purpose. Our goals aren’t always his goals so we have to be very cognizant of listening to the Holy Spirit. Never think you do not have a gift because you do! I believe when we don’t use our gifts we are being disobedient and not living up to the potential that God gave us (remember this has nothing to do with man). Let’s not waste what the Lord has given us!