To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. – Matthew 25:15
The star of the Lego movie Emmet was a nice guy, an ordinary guy who thought he was doing OK in his bland routine. It turned out that he wasn’t really accomplishing anything and people didn’t really think much of him. Being a good person didn’t really make him a friend.
One day everything changed and he was no longer in his routine. He had a choice to make as to whether or not he would embrace this new opportunity ahead of him and use the dormant gifts inside of him. Once he chose to use his gifts and seemingly odd ideas, alongside other people, he saved the universe!
Serving is like this. We all have gifts, things that make us passionate, some gifts are very unique to us that other people don’t understand, but they are ours and we should embrace them and pray for God to show us how to use them.
Other gifts are hidden deep inside of us, and it is going to take friends and people of influence around us to see the gifts inside of us. Many of us are reluctant to have these talents refined and shaped, myself included. (Yep, preaching to myself) But the times I have trusted the people God has put into my life, I have grown in my ability, and more importantly, my faith.
I remember the day Pastor Sunny Kane asked if I would consider greeting on the front door once a month. I felt like that was too much! She then suggested the 5th Sunday! 4 times a YEAR! I figured I could handle that. Sunny saw a gift in me that I had no idea was there! She saw my inner passion! I just had to get over my own doubts and reluctance to step out of my comfort zone.
Now I lead a team of 100 greeters and it is my mission to help people feel loved when they walk through the doors of our church! It drives me and gives me a huge sense of fulfillment, not to mention all of the wonderful friends I have made along the way, some of whom I have seen go to the altar for salvation!
So, what are YOU waiting for? Are you going to leave YOUR talents buried or are you ready to use gifts to help save the universe?
Start small if you need to, but start.
“Everything is awesome, everything is cool when you’re part of a team” – Lego Movie theme song