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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)