Afraid of Our Gifts
As we continue the sermon series “Redefining Friendships,” we’ll explore why we need friends who affirm the gifts we’re afraid to claim. As it says in scripture, “Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits” (1 Corinthians 12:7). Knowing this, why are so many of us afraid to claim the gifts and talents that God has given us?
I think this is for several reasons. First, we don’t always recognize our own talents because many of them have yet to be formed. They’re there as a possibility but not yet realized. Second, because they’ve yet to be formed, it involves work to hone them enough to be used. They don’t appear magically; it takes time and commitment. Third, it means change, and we all know how much we love change! If we want to develop the gifts God has given us, we need to reorder and reprioritize our lives.
Given this, no wonder we need a friend who can help us recognize our gifts and support us as we take the steps to develop them. We need one another so that we can affirm our gifts and fully realize the potential that God has placed within each of us. Without friends like these, we’d never know what we’re missing!