4 Ways To Invest In The Gifts God Has Given You

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outlier he points out that…

It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything! It doesn’t matter whether it’s athletics or academics. According to Gladwell, there are no “naturals.” You have to put in the time. Generally speaking, the only difference between an elite person in any field and everybody else is usually a few thousand hours of practice time.


God gives each person different talents, but it’s up to us to steward those talents and make sure we develop them to excellence. God may have given you the gift of leadership, but it’s up to you to put in the investment to multiply the gift. God may have given you the gift of teaching, but it’s up to you to invest in that gift to multiply it.


No matter what your gift is there are 4 things you can do to invest it well.


4 Ways To Invest In The Gifts God Has Given You


  1. Discover your gift. It is a myth that pastors have to be good at everything. One of the reasons so many churches remain at 200 or less in attendance is because the pastor does it all. No one is good at everything. Three of the best resources to discover how God has wired you are the DiSC profile ), Enneagram test, and a Spiritual Gifts test. If you haven’t taken all three of these carve out some time to do it. Especially if you are doing everything or do not enjoy what you are doing you should discover how God has wired you. Maybe you are simply working from your weaknesses instead of your strengths.
  2. Focus on your gift. When you really understand that God did not create you to do it all you no longer feel the pressure to be a super pastor. It’s okay to have weaknesses. It’s okay to not be great at administration, or leadership, or even preaching. If it’s not your gift, it’s not your gift. Get out of the way and focus on what God has wired you to do. Once you know what you are good at spending lots of time becoming better at that. If you are naturally a good speaker the temptation is to spend most of your time doing other things and then winging it when it comes to preaching. After all, you can probably get up and talk and people will respond. But how much better could you be if you invested in this strength? When was the last time you read a book on something that you were already good at? When was the last time you received feedback from a coach on what you are good at? Professionals get coached. How much more so should we be coached?
  3. Delegate your weaknesses. This is where so many leaders fall short. The truth is most of the time it’s just easier to do it yourself. Volunteers are flaky, it takes time to train staff, and it’s often frustrating to watch someone do a job less than the way you would do it. You have to get over all of this if you want to grow in your strengths. It may be easier to do it all yourself, but in the long run, that is short-sighted. To become better it is crucial to let others take what you are not great at.
  4. Replace yourself. This can sound scary and counterintuitive, but it is so valuable. One of the best ways to become better at the gifts God has given you is to train others to do what you do. The best way I’ve learned to do this is to follow the following system. Find someone with the same gift as you and then follow this system. Step 1: I do, you watch, we talk. Step 2: We work on it together and then talk about it. Step 3: You do, I watch, we talk. Step 4: You do. If preaching is your greatest gift raise up another leader by showing them what you do, working on it with them, letting them do it on their own and talking about it every step of the way. Forcing yourself to lead someone else is a great way to strengthen what you do. It is also how you multiply your ministry.


No matter what your gift is it’s your job to steward it well. It doesn’t matter if you are level 2, 5, or a level 10 leader. Take what you have and become better at it. This isn’t just good leadership principles…it’s discipleship.

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