“It’s Not My Gift” is a Lame Excuse

I have heard this many times and have to confess that at times I have said it myself, “I don’t do x,y or z because that’s not my gift.” I’ve come to the conviction that it can be a lame excuse for laziness, fear or spiritual apathy.

Don’t misunderstand me. I believe using the gifts the Spirit has given us. The problem is that I have heard this statement used for things that are not gifts at all. Here are some examples.

  • I can’t pray in the church
  • I can’t witness to my neighbors
  • I can’t share what I have been reading
  • I can’t come along aside people who are hurting
  • I can’t help homeless people
  • I can’t help those with mental illness
  • I can’t share in the Lord’s Supper
  • I can’t, I can’t, I can’t

Taking our role in the body seriously

The truth is that God has placed us into the body of Christ. He has given us power through the Holy Spirit to be an active member of that body.

He has asked us to share in the responsibilities of helping the body to grow. He doesn’t really give us a choice. It’s an expectation.

Things we should all be doing

Here is a list of some of the things he has asked all believers to do (in no particular order). They don’t require a special calling or gift. They are meant to be a regular part of our lives.

  • Encourage one another daily (Hebrews 10:25)
  • Witness to the lost (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • Disciple others (2 Timothy 2:2, Titus 2:3)
  • Pray together (Acts 2:42)
  • Break bread and remember the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
  • Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Love one another (John 13:34)
  • Be hospitable (1 Peter 4:9, Romans 12:13)
  • Help the poor and needy (Proverbs 19:17)
  • Sacrifice financially (Hebrews 13:16)
  • Study the Word (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • Put others first (Philippians 2:3-4)

Intentional Christian living

If we were to take this list, and anything else we find in the Word, and put them into our lIves every week it would transform the church.

This world is looking for something real. They get a lot of false things offered to them every day. They need to find a church filled with people who take the Bible seriously and live what it says (James 1:22).

Living a powerful Christian life

There’s no excuse for us to live mediocre lives. God’s Holy Spirit is not weak. He’s more powerful than anything we can imagine. What’s amazing is that He lives inside every born again  believer!!!

My challenge, as I look in the mirror, is to step outside my comfort zone and trust fully in Christ. It is modeling Christ to others (Matthew 5:14).

Time to act

It’s time for me and you to give more of our lives, to live less for ourselves and the world, to sacrifice for our brothers and sisters and to be a witness to the lost.

Time is running out. Are we in this life to glorify God?  Let’s ignite the church to greater devotion and reach a world heading for a lost Eternity.

It starts with each of us. It starts with me!



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    Thank you, Crawford, for these challenging words. This excuse is far too common concerning commands that apply to ALL Christians. I remember hearing a message from Numbers 32, about the tribes of Reuben & Gad (and half Manassah it seems) basically telling Moses, “Nah, we’re good. We’ll just stay East of the Jordan bc it’s good land for our livestock.” Moses rebuttals in Num 32:6, “Shall your brothers go to eat while you sit here?” The Church body is a family, and we have a responsibility not only to God but also to each other. We as Christians must stop making excuses and be personally responsibile for our actions and remain accountable to God and to each other.


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