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發現和使用你獨特的恩賜

UNCOVERING AND UTILIZING YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS

(2021/12/06)

當評估員工特定的工作內容和職責時,我們經常會考慮教育、經驗、令人印象深刻的簡歷以及各種人格特質。但是,我們會考慮一個人與生俱來的恩賜嗎?


前段時間在教導「呼召」時,我挑戰了一群人去禱告尋求神,顯明給他們獨特的技能和能力。因為很多時候我們發現,生來就擁有的恩賜可能是我們在工作場所取得成功的重要因素。這些特質可以幫助我們決定自己在哪個專業和個人領域被「呼召」。

這引起了大量的討論,尤其是對幾位持續在評估自己獨特恩賜的人。一位參與者,是一名法律秘書,後來告訴我,她相信上帝對她有更大的心意,所以她決定求問上帝顯明這可能是什麼,好讓她清楚去追求自己未來的職業。

那個星期,她的老闆告訴她,他們公司總部的高級主管對她的培訓技能印象深刻,決定提拔她,授予她全國培訓師的頭銜負責培訓所有法律秘書。她非常興奮,在把行政助理的角色做得很好之後,她發現上帝對她有更好的心意。

不明白上帝在我們每個人身上建立的獨特能力,可能會導致我們無法充分認識和發揮自己的潛力。我們看到這個原則在聖經的許多地方都詮釋過。例如,在出埃及記中,以色列人擺脫埃及人的奴役和暴政之後­­ - 上帝指定了特定的人來執行定義明確的任務,其中一個名叫比撒列的人,他負責設計和製作敬拜用的各項器具。

出埃及記 31章1-3節 說:「耶和華曉諭摩西說:看哪,猶大支派中,戶珥的孫子、烏利的兒子比撒列,我已經題他的名召他。我也以我的靈充滿了他,使他有智慧,有聰明,有知識,能做各樣的工。」然後我們看到比撒列監督並執行精美細緻的工作,目的是幫助以色列人能夠定期敬拜那供應豐盛的上帝。

提到主如何獨特而特別地賞賜我們每個人恩賜,我想到了李愛銳1981 年的電影火戰車就是描述他的故事。李愛銳曾經承諾要做一位差派到中國的傳教士,而他也是位極具天賦的運動員。在一個場景中,他因為練習跑步無意中錯過了教會的禱告會,他的妹妹珍妮很生氣地走近他,指責他不再關心上帝了。

李愛銳的回應謙遜而直接。他解釋說,他的確打算去中國的禾場宣教,但當他跑步時他也能感受到從上頭來的啟發 – 我如果不跑步就無法榮耀上帝。他在影片中說:我相信上帝創造我是有意義的,而且祂也給我奔跑飛快的恩賜。當我跑步時,我感受到祂的喜悅。

當我們工作時,是否感受到上帝的喜悅?像比撒列一樣,我們都擁有上帝賜予的技能、能力和知識。求祂顯明這些恩賜給我們並使用它們來榮耀祂。

© 2021 版權所有非傳統商業網路(前身為純全資源中心)。節錄自和 Rick Boxx 的純全時刻,這本刊 物主要 是從基督徒的角度來探討職場上正直這個主題。如果希望知道更多關於這個事工或是想訂閱每日純全時 刻,請上這個網站: www.unconventionalbusiness.org. Rick Boxx 最新出版的書「提供實用五個關鍵的神 的方法來建立企業。」  

備註:如果你有聖經並想閱讀更多內容,請考慮以下的經文:
出埃及記 31章1-6節
31:1 耶和華曉諭摩西說:
31:2 「看哪,猶大支派中,戶珥的孫子、烏利的兒子比撒列,我已經題他的名召他。
31:3 我也以我的靈充滿了他,使他有智慧,有聰明,有知識,能做各樣的工,
31:4 能想出巧工,用金、銀、銅製造各物,
31:5 又能刻寶石,可以鑲嵌,能雕刻木頭,能做各樣的工。
31:6 我分派但支派中、亞希撒抹的兒子亞何利亞伯與他同工。凡心裏有智慧的,我更使他們有智慧,能做我一切所吩咐的,
箴言 22章29節
22:29 你看見辦事殷勤的人嗎?他必站在君王面前,必不站在下賤人面前。
哥林多前書 12章12-25節
12:12 就如身子是一個,卻有許多肢體;而且肢體雖多,仍是一個身子;基督也是這樣。
12:13 我們不拘是猶太人,是希臘人,是為奴的,是自主的,都從一位聖靈受洗,成了一個身體,飲於一位聖靈。
12:14 身子原不是一個肢體,乃是許多肢體。
12:15 設若腳說:「我不是手,所以不屬乎身子,」它不能因此就不屬乎身子。
12:16 設若耳說:「我不是眼,所以不屬乎身子,」它不能因此就不屬乎身子。
12:17 若全身是眼,從哪裏聽聲呢?若全身是耳,從哪裏聞味呢?
12:18 但如今, 神隨自己的意思把肢體俱各安排在身上了。
12:19 若都是一個肢體,身子在哪裏呢?
12:20 但如今肢體是多的,身子卻是一個。
12:21 眼不能對手說:「我用不著你。」頭也不能對腳說:「我用不著你。」
12:22 不但如此,身上肢體人以為軟弱的,更是不可少的。
12:23 身上肢體,我們看為不體面的,越發給它加上體面;不俊美的,越發得著俊美。
12:24 我們俊美的肢體,自然用不著裝飾;但 神配搭這身子,把加倍的體面給那有缺欠的肢體,
12:25 免得身上分門別類,總要肢體彼此相顧。
歌羅西書 3章17、 23-24節
3:17 無論做甚麼,或說話或行事,都要奉主耶穌的名,藉著他感謝父 神。
3:23 無論做甚麼,都要從心裏做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的,
3:24 因你們知道從主那裏必得著基業為賞賜;你們所事奉的乃是主基督。

反省與問題討論
第一、你是否想過自己做的工作是一種呼召」?「呼召」這個詞對你來說有什麼意義?你認為它適用於現代的職場嗎?
第二、你是否曾經停下來想過,自己可能沒有充分使用上帝賜給你的某些能力呢?如果真的沒有,你應該如何找出這些技能和恩賜,並開始探索如何使用它們呢?
第三、你認為在我們所做的事情中「感受到上帝的喜悅」是什麼意思?你覺得這對我們每個人都是真實的嗎?還是只為特別揀選的人所保留的經驗呢?請解釋你的答案。
第四、你能想到哪個人是成功認出自己與生俱來的恩賜和能力嗎?這些人有哪些地方讓你印象深刻?

MONDAY MANNA
December 6, 2021

UNCOVERING AND UTILIZING YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS
By Rick Boxx

 

In evaluating people for specific jobs and responsibilities, we often consider education, experience, impressive resumes, and various personal traits. But do we take into account a person’s inherent gifts?

Some time ago, while teaching about "Calling," I challenged a group to pray for God to reveal their unique skills and abilities. Because many times we find the innate gifts that we have had virtually from birth can be significant factors in our success in the workplace. These traits can help to define what we have been “called” to do both professionally and personally.

This prompted considerable discussion, especially some of the participants had never stopped to assess areas in which they might be uniquely gifted. One participant, a legal secretary, later told me she believed God had more for her, so she decided to pray for God to reveal what that might be, to give her clarity concerning her future vocational pursuits.
 
That week, her boss informed her that executives at their company’s headquarters were so impressed with her training skills that they decided to promote her, giving her the title and responsibility of National Trainer for their legal secretaries. She was delighted. After doing so well in her role as an administrative assistant, she discovered God had much more in mind for her.

Failing to recognize the unique capacities God has built into each one of us can result in our failure to fully realize and fulfill our potential. We see this principle being illustrated in a number of places in the Bible. For example, in the book of Exodus – after the Israelites had been freed from the bondage and tyranny of the Egyptians – God identified specific individuals to carry out clearly defined tasks. One of them was a man named Bezalel, who would be charged with the design and creation of implements and facilities for worship.
 
Exodus 31:1-3 says, "Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel...and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.’" We then see Bezalel overseeing and performing beautifully detailed work intended to assist the Israelites in their regular worship of the God who had provided for them so wonderfully.

Thinking about how the Lord uniquely and specifically gifts each one of us, I think of Eric Liddell, who was portrayed in the 1981 film, “Chariots of Fire.” Liddell had committed to serve as a missionary to China, but also was a gifted athlete. In one scene, after he inadvertently misses a church prayer meeting because he was at practice running, his sister Jennie approaches him in anger. She accuses him of no longer caring about God.

Liddell’s response is humble, yet direct. He explains that he does intend to go to the mission field in China, but also feels divinely inspired when running – and that not to run would be to dishonor God. In the film he says, "I believe that God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure."

As we work, do we “feel God’s pleasure”? Like Bezalel, we all have God-given skills, abilities, and knowledge. Ask Him to reveal them and use them for His glory.

Copyright 2021, Unconventional Business Network. Adapted with permission from “UBN Integrity Moments”, a commentary on faith at work issues. Visit www.unconventionalbusiness.org to sign up for UBN Integrity Moments emails. UBN is a faith at work ministry serving the international small business community.

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Reflection/Discussion Questions
 

1.Have you ever considered the work you do as a “calling”? What does the term calling mean to you – and do you believe it applies to the modern-day workplace?


2.Have you ever stopped to consider what God-given, innate abilities you have that you might not be fully utilizing? If not, how might you identify what those skills and gifts are and explore how you might start putting them to use?

 
3.What do you suppose it means to “feel God’s pleasure” in something we do? Do you think this is something that should be true for every one of us, or do you think this is an experience reserved only for specially chosen individuals? Explain your answer.



4.Who can you think of who seems to be succeeding at recognizing his or her inherent gifts and abilities? What things stand out about this person for you?




NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages:

Exodus 31:1-6; Proverbs 22:29; 1 Corinthians 12:12-25; Colossians 3:17, 23-24