The Size of Your Impact Should Not Determine the Use of Your Gift

I was having coffee with a friend the other day and she was telling me how under-utilized she feels.

“I want to be used by God, but I just don’t feel like I have a great impact, so I find myself not using my gifts.”

I was instantly struck with this thought.

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I think most of us want to make a great impact. We want to use our gifts and talents to make a difference in the world. We want to matter, feel significant, and play a vital role. But sometimes, if we’re not careful, we can be deceived into burying our gifts, believing the lie that a small impact isn’t worth the trouble.

But that’s not what Jesus teaches.

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.” Matt. 25:14,15

If you know the story you’ll remember that the first two put their talents to work immediately, but the servant who received only one talent, buried it under the ground.

Sometimes I wonder if he did that because he saw how much the other servants had. More than him. Did comparison steal his chance to use the talent he had been given?

What about us? Does comparing our talents and success with that of others actually undermine our ability to use the gifts we have been given?

The size of our impact should not determine the use of our gift. 

We are continually encouraged: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Ro. 12:6-8

It doesn’t say, if your gift is prophesying, then prophesy if you have an audience. If it is to lead, then lead diligently if you have followers, if it is to encourage, then give encouragement to gain popularity.

It simply says to do what you’ve been gifted to do. Despite nothing.

To be completely honest, the friend who was telling me this over coffee was actually me. For too long the enemy has been on my back and in my ear whispering lies that I shouldn’t use my gift because I’m not making that big of an impact. He had me tied up in knots, comparing myself to others that I perceived were having more success in reaching their dreams and God-given callings. In my eyes, I didn’t have the same success as these others, so why even bother? My enemy convinced me to bury what I did have out of fear, pride and insecurity.

But God, in His loving grace reminded me once again that the size of my impact should not determine the use of my gift. That if He’s gifted and called me to write for, encourage and build up the body of Christ I am to obey that calling no matter if I see the fruit of my labor.

And so it is for all of us, because each of us is gifted in one way or another and each of us is called to use that gift for His glory.

Are you using yours?

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15 thoughts on “The Size of Your Impact Should Not Determine the Use of Your Gift

  1. I’ve been sitting on the couch of my mind so long…I can’t even recall a time when I didn’t sit and get stuck in my head.
    I started reading your plan on the bible app because insecurity has become a shameful badge I wear on my sleeve a little too well. It sucked me in tonight, so I thought I’d see more about this Anna lady who is writing about such an icky topic. And then I found this blog…and I can’t hank you enough for paving the way for scaredy cats like me!
    The enemy has been messing with me so long I’ve nearly forgotten or lost what talents I’ve been given.
    Your obedience to the Lord is encouraging to me. So be assured that your talents are being invested!
    Many blessings.

    1. Sarah, thank you for your encouragement! I pray you are able to rise above the fear that holds you back from using your gifts for him! No matter the size of your impact (from our earthly eyes) you are making a difference when you choose to glorify HIM with you life and gifts!

      Anna

  2. This really encouraged me. I myself have not used my gift the way I know I am supposed to because I be so focused on how others may think or, I would compare myself to others. Thanks for sharing because after reading his, despite how my flesh is, I am going to do what the Lord told me to do the correct way.

    1. Alexis, Thank you for commenting. I pray you will continue to use your gift for the kingdom and not let the fear of what others think hold you back!

      Anna Light

  3. I read through the bible plan on YouVersion and I had to subscribe to livelaughlight.com. I have been so encouraged to follow in my faith, to follow my path that I have always known was given to me by God, but never had the conviction to follow! But now I have. I have read those words in the bible before but put in that context has made a world of difference in my life and I want to thank you so much for giving me the conviction in faith and the jump start in my life that I have needed. I feel so proud of myself and your “little” impact has made a world of difference , and I’m sure you had no idea of what that difference would be. Thank you again

    1. Jake, thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. It is encouraging to know my struggles have helped others! I am praying for your continued journey to freedom!

      Anna Light

  4. Hi.
    I was doing your bible plan on YouVersion and I had to come look at your ministry. Thank you for answering your call my life has been changed by it. I am taking steps in my walk with insecurity some things I didn’t even realize I was doing. I also am a creative but I’ve always had excuses not to use my talent this has really blessed me you have no idea how much.

    All the way from South Africa. Be blessed 🙂

    1. Sarah,
      Thank you for taking the time to send me this comment. It meant a lot to me. I pray you are able to continue walking in freedom as the person God designed you to be! Blessings and LIVE FREE,

      Anna Light

  5. That was so encouraging! I just experienced something so similar that it’s scary good😊. My talent is art, illustrating, but so rarely do I use my talent that I had stopped referring to myself as an illustrator. One of my sisters in the Lord at my church asked me to design an illustration for a tee-shirt which is to be used for a huge ministry gathering titled, “The CALLED” in August. For over three months I have procrastinated and struggled with doing this illustration. Finally, this past Friday, I just had to fall on my face before the Lord and repent for not using the talent that HE has blessed me with. The Lord allowed me to understand that, that which HE has placed within my talent as well as my gifting is my ministry for the body of Christ, it is my contribution to the building up of the Kingdom of God, and when I with hold it…a part becomes missing from His puzzle (which is His purpose and His plan). I worked on the illustration for two days and presented it on Sunday and it brought tears to my sister’s eyes, for this is a huge Vision that God has given her and her husband to fulfill in winning souls. Our small part always contributes to the BIG PLAN. Thank you.😊

  6. Thank you i needed that spiritual wisdom I pray Anstrength in our lives to overcome this and walk in our talents and purpose.Amen

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