Dear Church Family and Friends,
We are in the middle of a sermon series on our SHAPE: Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. As we address our abilities, here are some myths that you and I have probably been taught.
Myth #1: People aren’t born with abilities; all abilities must be learned by experience.
Truth: There are a number of abilities which children seem to have at birth. These abilities seem to be God-given at conception.
Myth #2: Abilities are learned primarily in the classroom.
Truth: Actually, many abilities are better learned outside the classroom. For example, you can study in a classroom the various ways to build and light a campfire, but the best learning on how to make a campfire probably comes from making a campfire.
Myth #3: If you have certain abilities, you will be very aware that you have them.
Truth: This last week, you probably used some skills of which you were not aware. For example, you may have been in a crowded store and noticed that people were treating each other with hostility. Without thinking much about, you became a peacemaker by sharing a kind word. Peacemaking is an ability that you have, but are not aware of.
Myth #4: Abilities that I use at work are only useable in that environment – I couldn’t possibly use them in ministry.
Truth: God probably gave you those skills to use both for the workplace and for His kingdom. For example, if you have administrative skills that benefit your workplace, then your administrative skills could also be a benefit to the church.
Myth #5: Most people only have a few abilities.
Truth: Studies show that the average person possesses 500-700 abilities. You have a multitude of abilities.
May God bless you as you learn the truth about your abilities and use them to make disciples.