No action is too small. Sometimes the smallest actions have the greatest blessings. Even a smile can change a person’s day. Below is a guide to help you think of ways to discover and use your gifts and talents for missions.
We all have different gifts.
Think of what you are good at and what you are passionate about. Not sure what that may be? Have you ever been working on a task and completely lost track of time because you enjoyed the task so much? Are there any topics that you feel strongly about? What hobbies do you enjoy? The answers to these questions could lead you in the right direction.
“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; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 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.” Romans 12:6-8
How can you use your gifts to serve God in missions?
There are many ways to serve. Whether you prefer to serve by volunteering behind the scenes or feel a calling to travel far from home, your talents are useful wherever you are.
Some ways you can serve locally include the following:
- Pray for missionaries. Let them know that you are praying specifically for them.
- Volunteer at your local missionary organization. There are many ways to use your gifts, from administrative assistance and event meal prep, to landscaping and maintenance.
- Assist missionaries by providing financial support.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Pray for guidance.
Make sure your decision aligns with God’s will for your life.
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5
Put your gifts to use.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24