Guidance in Christian life and the sort of things we should do

An interesting post by the Ugley Vicar makes a point that is worth repeating:

Maybe you are a square peg in a round hole – there is no shame in that. One of the turning points in my life came when, sitting in the vicarage in Sparkbrook, my eye was caught by Romans 12:6: “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” (RSV).

I had thought that God had called me to this particular job, despite many people telling me it was not a good idea, because God calls you through feelings and signs, even to do things you don’t seem cut out for. This was what happened in the books I’d read. But I was desperately unhappy and hanging on by a thread.

Suddenly I had this sense of revelation. According to the passage, you should use the gifts God had given you. So the right job would be one where you could do that. But according to what I’d learned, the right job had nothing to do with your gifts. You went where your feelings led you. Now I found myself thinking, either my view was right, or the Bible was right. And it was blindingly obvious which!

If we follow our gifts, where do they lead us?


2 thoughts on “Guidance in Christian life and the sort of things we should do

  1. Our gifts are from God, faith in His purpose for our having these gifts is the guide. Often, but not always, the moment for which our gifts were intended is an epiphany.

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