Rock What You Got
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
For years I have listened to a song by Superchick called “Rock What You Got.” Basically the song is encouraging people to use what they have been given without letting the gift be stifled by someone else. But have you ever wanted to rock what someone else has got? That sounds dumb but when we compare and complain about the talents or gifts or anything else that we don’t have, that is exactly what we are trying to do: rock someone else’s life to the detriment of ourselves and the body of Christ. You want the gift of teaching, but instead you are “stuck” with the gift of encouragement. You downplay what you have been given because all you can do is look at what someone else has to rock.
Spiritual gifts and ultimately gifts from God in general keep crossing my thoughts. We are studying the Holy Spirit in small group and I was recently reminded that the Spirit manifests himself in different ways for the common good.
Oh, wait. So it’s not about me? Why do I so often need that reminder?
There was one occasion in elementary that I vividly remember a lesson from, although I didn’t understand until years later. My mom had bought my sister and I each a dress. They were beautiful, but I was too busy comparing my dress to what someone else was wearing that I missed the gift. I missed the beauty in what I had been given. All I could do was complain and tell my mom that my dress wasn’t good enough because it didn’t look like another dress that a friend was wearing. I know this is a simple example, but it pains me to think about my attitude and ultimately my disrespect shown towards my mom. She had worked hard to buy us the dresses. They were more than enough. And I disrespected her by being discontent with the gift. The gift was perfect. I just couldn’t see it at the time.
And this is exactly how I still act when I complain and compare and in essence, tell God that what He has given me is not enough. We each have gifts and talents. Some have more; some have less. But to each one gifts are given for the common good of the church.
But to be of any use we gotta use them.
The next time you are tempted to compare anything you have been given to someone else, take a step back. Remember that God has given you gifts for the common good and ultimately for His glory.
Rock what you got. And don’t ever stop.