Gifts for Others
The understanding of our calling is a very important issue that needs revisiting as a topic of our discipleship to Jesus. While there are many resources that would be useful to guide our thinking, I really like “The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life,” by Os Guinness as a single book that covers many facets of this topic.
On the various gifts, skills, training, and life opportunities we have received he reminds us in the quote below that there is a purpose for them”
“In the biblical understanding of giftedness, gifts are never really ours or for ourselves. We have nothing that was not given us. Our gifts are ultimately God’s, and we are only ‘stewards’–responsible for our prudent management of property that is not our own. This is why our gifts are always ‘ours for others,’ whether in the community of Christ or the broader society outside, especially the neighbor in need.” p. 47.