Diamonds in the Rough

Romans 12:3-8 NIV - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For 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, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Consider the gifts God gives to His people to accomplish His purposes and build up His kingdom.  In some cases, He empowers them according to their personalities (which He also gave them) or according to their skills and abilities (which may be learned or at least improved).  Greg Koukl rightly said, “God is not in the business of taking linebackers, breaking their legs, and turning them into violin players.”  God’s gifts will require faith and obedience to operate, but rest assured that He shapes His people intentionally.  Nobody in God’s church is without a gift, and often we have multiple gifts.  If you do not think you have any - or are uncertain what they are, they are simply diamonds in the rough… awaiting discovery and polish.  Like diamonds, the gifts God puts in you often require “cutting” away of whatever diminishes its brilliance and value.  Until the diamonds are discovered, cut, and polished, they are not valuable.  Pray for the discovery of your God-gifts.  Ask God to “cut away” that which keeps your gifts from becoming brilliant and valuable.  Then seek to become as “polished” as possible in training, exercise, and mentoring when it comes to using your God-gifts to bless others and honor Jesus. What gifts - whether fully developed or still “diamonds in the rough” - do others believe you have?  What gifts and abilities jump out about yourself in the following Scriptures?

1 Corinthians 12:27-28 NLT - All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. 

1 Chronicles 25:6-8 NIV - All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.  Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king. 7 Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord—they numbered 288. 8 Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties. 

Exodus 31:1-6 NLT - Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. 4 He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. 5 He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!  6 “And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make.

Colossians 4:12 NKJV - Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

1 Peter 4:9-11 NIV -  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.