• Michael Haldas

Gifts and Talents


“GIFTS - Charismatic or spiritual gifts are blessings and abilities given by the holy spirit to believers for the building up of the Body of Christ.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Glossary)

“ 1 Peter 4:10 reads, ‘As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.’ This applies to every person. We are all to use our gifts, that is our talents and abilities given to us by God, to minister to others, that is to meet people’s needs. The grace we receive should be the grace we give, loving others with the abilities we have, and expecting nothing in return.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Whatever gifts God has given to His people are to be used for the glory of God and in a spirit of love.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Peter 4:7-11)

As each one has received a gift. Every believer is gifted to serve. stewards. These are managers or trustees who will be held accountable for using their gift in the best interest of the One who gave it to them.” (Foundation Study Bible, 1 Peter 4:10)

“A lamp cannot be kept burning without oil; nor can the light of spiritual gifts continue to shine unless one inwardly sustains it with actions and thoughts consonant with it. For every spiritual gift requires a corresponding inner quality in the recipient to feed it spiritually as though with oil, thus preserving its presence.” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

“Your spiritual gifts are not for your own self-advancement. They were given to you for serving

God and enhancing the spiritual growth of the body of believers…God gives believers spiritual gifts for their lives on earth in order to build up, serve, and strengthen fellow Christians.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:31,13:10-12)

"I have heard Christians insist on concealing their gifts and talents for the sake of their humility. We must be careful that we do not bury our talent in the earth (see Matt. 25:14–30) in the name of false modesty. The saints and fathers of the Church were truly humble, yet they did not run away from their responsibilities. They recognized the gifts God had given them and used them for the good of the Church." (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“…we have to get over this clericalist idea that we have a few “religious professionals” whose job it is to serve, to pastor, to educate, and to heal. Clericalism is the natural outgrowth of

Pietism—if Christian life is about my private path to God, then I don’t have a duty to be a “professional” in the Church. I just look to be served by the handful of necessary “professionals” we keep around to get the job done. But this is wrong…we all have different roles..everyone is an active servant in the Church. Everyone is here to help equip and perfect one another.” (Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)

“God gives us talents and gifts so we can do for one another what He wants to do for us and through us.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“God accomplishes extraordinary things through ordinary people who believe God can and will use them—imperfections and all." (Donna Partow)

“Jesus Christ, being meek and humble of heart, never strove for adulation but directed all toward the glory of His Father. We also must not parade ourselves or seek recognition. For instance, do you help your neighbors, do you give alms, do you live more piously than those around you, are you wiser than your friends, or are you in some way above others? Do not brag about it. Remember that all your praiseworthy attributes are not yours but gifts of God. Yours are the weaknesses, mistakes and sins." (St. Innocent of Alaska)

“It’s easy to be critical of other people’s skills, but much harder to see the Holy Spirit at work in the gifts and talents of others.” (Lillian Daniel)

“Too often the"up-front” gifts, like speaking or teaching, are more highly regarded than the

“behind-the-scenes” gifts, like helping and serving. No one should discount the contribution of another person, no matter how insignificant it may seem. We should not be dissatisfied with the gift God has given us but be eager to serve. Nor should we envy those who seem to have more gifts than we do. In love, treat everyone’s gift, yours included, as valuable to God.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:23-24)

“Rather than wishing you had other gifts, make good use of the gifts God has given you.” (Life Application Study Bible, Acts 9:36-42)

“We are to desire or want the gifts of the Spirit, but pursue the love of God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 14:1)

“Our gifts and talents are the things people celebrate about us, but we find to be no big deal, because the ability comes naturally to us. That is why it is called a gift." (Michelle McKinney Hammond)

“We see a rich diversity of such gifts in every church (1 Corinthians 12:4). Some are pastors and teachers, some gifted preachers, some evangelists (Eph 4:11); some exhort others who need direction, others have the means to give liberally, lead diligently, or show mercy with cheerfulness (Rom 12:8). These God-given abilities make the Body of Christ whole.” (Dynamis

“A lamp cannot be kept burning without oil; nor can the light of spiritual gifts continue to shine unless one inwardly sustains it with actions and thoughts consonant with it.” (St. Maximus the Confessor)

"A humble person does not refuse to use his abilities for the good of the Church, nor does he use the Church as an excuse to appease his ego. If you hide the gifts you have been given in order to appear humble, then you are very proud indeed. Wishing to appear humble is the worst form of pride. When we have detached ourselves from our sense of self-importance, then we are free to make use of our talents without fear of sin.” (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“We can be divisive if we insist on using our gifts our own way without being sensitive to others. We must never use our gifts as a means of manipulating others or serving our own self-interest.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)

“No one can claim to be adequate without God’s help. No one is competent to carry out the responsibilities of God’s calling in his or her strength. Without the Holy Spirit’s enabling, our natural talent can carry us only so far.” (Life Application Study Bible, 2 Corinthians 3:4-5)

“From an ability to teach to the gift of prayer; from a flair for music to a means of helping the poor, we are all called to recognize what our gifts and abilities are. This means that the first step to increasing our talent of grace is to recognize that we have virtues and abilities in the first place. No one is"talentless”...each person shall be judged not by how many talents he has received, but by whether he has increased them.” (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“You don’t have to be any more talented, any richer, any slimmer, any smarter, any more or less of anything to partner with God. All you have to be is willing to be used by Him in everyday ways." (Bill Hybels)

"But normally God calls us to Himself and leads us into particular expressions of service appropriate for our gifts and talents through our passions, abilities, and opportunities. And that work we do…becomes part of the all-embracing summons of God to belong to Him, to live in a suitable manner, and to 'do the Lord's work.' So we can say that working in business is a calling in this general sense: It is one way in which we can do good work in the world and serve our neighbor - these being part of God's call." (R. Paul Stevens)

"Genesis chapter one is all about work. God sanctified work and demonstrated its importance through His own action of doing it…God’s first action is also creating. The famous author J.R.R. Tolkien said that through our work and what we create we are acting as a reflection of God and actually doing God’s will because we are"sub-creators” using the talents, abilities, aptitudes and desires He gave us. It doesn’t matter if it is art, writing, painting, engineering and scientific feats, gardening around your house, or even chores. When we apply our minds and talents to any task to the best of our ability, in service of others, and with integrity, we are reflecting God.” (Sacramental Living)

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