“On the 7th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me 7 Swans-A-Swimming”
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
How many times have you said “I don’t know what my gift is?” or “I don’t have any gifts”? Seven gifts are listed in Romans; they are Prophecy, Ministry, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leading, and Mercy. When we look at these 7 gifts we may not know exactly which one we have been given, but through prayer and action we can find the answer. How will you know that teaching is not your gift, if you never try to teach? Maybe mercy is your calling, but you need to show mercy to others to find out? Can you minister to others? Do you have time to give? Are you a leader? Prophesize? Exhort?
We must look for ways to serve others on a daily basis and pray for God to reveal our gifts to us. The 7th Day of Christmas falls on New Year’s Eve. This year make a New Year’s Resolution to diligently seek out your gifts. Set a goal to spend each day in prayer about your gift and act on the opportunities God places in front of you. Begin exploring and using the 7 gifts listed in Romans. Give it your all, you may find that it is the very thing God has called you to do.