Your Gifting and God’s Grace
Thought for Today: Gifting- Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
So many times we forget that “God uses us through our Gifting,” The reason so many people are either unhappy, unfulfilled or sometimes even confused about where they belong in the Body of Christ can be alot of factors. Sometimes we limit ourselves to our natural
gifting, speaking, and singing, serving ect… the list can really go on and with each person it can be different. I want to encourage you; your spiritual Gifting is much different than natural….
Natural is something you are born with, but, Your Spiritual Gifting is something that God can only do in and
through you…because if you could do it, it wouldn’t be God…
So how do I find my Spiritual Gifting? By getting alone with God is what I would list as the most critical step… What I have found in my life is when I think awe I could never do that, usually that is His still small voice saying to me Ron spend some time with me so I can talk to you….Or sometimes it may be a Pastor or Leader who sees something you don’t or won’t recognize and then the Lord uses them to nudge you and challenge you …
Here is an example, mine, I really struggled with going into the ministry, I had seen too much hurt and was really frightened of it, all I
wanted to do was work and serve God in some way. I was very unfulfilled at that time. But my father seen something in me that I did
not see or maybe I didn’t want to see or even accept. One day he called me and started talking to me and he said “Ronald Wayne God has His hand on your life and I can see His anointing on you, will you come to Susanville and work me as my Youth Pastor….” In my mind & flesh I thought are you kidding me Dad… I could never do what you do, I actually had a hard time talking in front of people …and still to this day unless the anointing is on me I struggle… I can talk your leg off about things in general and love talking to people in general…
Yet, My Father asked me to pray about it…. I sure did not see what my Father was seeing, but when I got alone with God, one night He brought back every word He had spoken to me and I laid there crying, even tho I was really scared, I knew this would have to be God. As I got to Susanville the task were great and tho He was my father, he now became my mentor and had very strict rules and he expected a lot of me, but, he was there for me every step of the way, God using him to help to form and shape my gifting…
I will never forget the youth group was exploding with many young people getting saved and it was doing great. One night my father looked at me and he said “tonight you will be going to Prison….”LOL LOL LOL I thought in my mind, are you nuts, me and convicts… I thought to myself, okay dad, I know you probably thought I would wind up there, but, now you are actually sending me there to minister…? I am not you, I am just a Youth Pastor…. What do I have to offer these men? I know I lived a rough life before I got saved, but, Pastor I really think we should think about this, don’t you? I had started with the excuses, and later that night as I was signing in at the front desk well , I realized he meant what he said…And as that huge steel door slammed behind me and you heard the sound of that lock, snap and then the the one that was in front of you the lock would snap and you were seconds from entering the yard, and that long walk to the Chapel, God gave me two men that would go with me Richard and Richard and to this day one of them I am friends with and he will never know what he has meant in my life. Richard has never heard this story and it’s ending. That night I do not remember which one was with me, but we went together many many times. I did not realize how that night would change my life… As I looked out over that rough crowd, my knees literally shaking, men with mean looking faces, huge muscles, and looks of emptiness in their eyes. I listened to some of the men sing a song called, “My life is like the wind it keeps movin for you Lord…” something inside broke like a river and tears streamed down my face and God spoke to me and said “I have called you to this place…” I thought “Prison…” And as I took the pulpit there was an anointing and I preached on “God’s love.” To this day I have that cassette tape. As I gave the alter call here they came, white, black, red and brown standing in front of a God who loved them, and God saved them.
Little did I know that the one with the longest hair would look me up in I believe 2000. It was now around 2000 and we had just started
registration at our NHCC our school at the Church I pastured in Veneta, Oregon. My secretary Jim came into my office, “Pastor there is a man out here who wants to see you, I know you are really busy, what should I do? He says He is sure He knows you, he thinks…” I turned and said bring him in Jim. In walked the most clean cut man, in a beautiful suit, tho his hands and knuckles bore the signs of being in a gang… I thought do I know this man… we shook hands… You are Pastor Ron he asked, “I am he…” big tears began to well up in his eyes…”you don’t remember do you? “ I softly said no, I am sorry I don’t” You used to preach at the Susanville Medium Security Prison… I said “Yes, many, many, many, years ago, I was a Youth Pastor ” I am James and he said “God’s Love,” I got saved that night Pastor… Now I had
tears streaming down my face.. he rushed to me and threw his arms around me, saying thank you Pastor, thank you for bringing that word from God to me…I got saved that night and my life has drastically changed…he was balling, I have looked high and low for you… I seen your ad for registration in your school and I seen your name…and I had to see if it was you.
I want to enroll all eight of my children in your school and I would like for you to meet them…he went out of my office…tears still streaming down my face, then eight beautiful children and his wife came in and he began to introduce them to me… This is the man that brought the Gospel to daddy one night…I am sorry but I could not hold the tears… Pastor James would be my keynote speaker at our schools first class Graduation and he rocked that Packed house, as He now shared the Gospel from my pulpit … Pastor James church was 6 times larger than
mine, but man he was gifted at reaching the hurting…
Why do I share this story?
God needs you to step into your Gifting and do it with all you have for him, someone is waiting for you to bring them the Gospel in the way that only your Gift can present Jesus to them as Lord and Savior and touch their lives with the Master’s touch… You want fulfillment answer His call, you will never be able to do it on your own but in Him you can do all things….I would have never thought that one message,
one night, one act of obedience, one act trusting God for my Gift would have produced this beautiful story of God’s Grace to a man who the world had thrown away, but, God he saw the potential and the heart and made the way. You will never know who God will touch
through you and sometimes we will never know till heaven, but the call is on, when you feel inadequate, God is more than capable all He needs is you to accept His Gifting in your life….May the God of Grace challenge you today and give you His Peace and may you accpet the challenge to thrust the cycle in deep into the Harvest, Let God use your gifting….!!!
Pastor Ron Crandall