And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. I Corinthians 12:28 NKJV
My parents were devout Christians, and raised my brother and me with biblical truths, good morals, and harsh discipline.
As a young student learning scores on the piano, written notes were often an afterthought. I had a God-given talent, or gift, for playing hymns after hearing them.
When I was fifteen, I was invited to a Pentecostal church by a favorite cousin. Young, isolated on our farm, and shy, I accepted this invitation only because my cousin asked me to attend.
Once the service began, my eyes stayed wet with tears. When the altar call was given, I was first in line. At the front of the sanctuary, I fell to my knees and received a big dose of salvation.
What I didn’t know at that time was the church had diligently been praying for a pianist. Although blessed with several guitarists, a desperate need for someone to stroke the ivories had long been the first item on their prayer list. Following my salvation, I learned of their need and offered my services for the choir. From that time forward, I was the church pianist, sharing my gift to all in hearing range.
That same night, following an in-depth message from the pastor, I was baptized with the Holy Spirit, and received another infusion of glory. Since September of 1969, I’ve been a Spirit-filled follower of Jesus Christ; sharing my gift when invited.
God grants us each gifts and talents. He blesses us through the development and use of them when we offer them back to His service. Your gift may not be musical. It may be sending cards, making phone calls, or providing meals for those who are ill. Whatever you are blessed with, God loves it when you tithe it back.
What good is your gift? More than you can ever imagine. Allow God to use your gift for His glory. Glorify Him through the use of your talents.
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Phoebe Leggett is a full-time freelance writer. In 2007 she was presented two awards for her work at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. She makes her home in Greenville, South Carolina with husband Dana and three felines, and to be close to her children and granddaughter.
In 2004 she faced the darkest day of her life when she learned her youngest son was dead. The only way she survived her trauma was with God by her side. Her first non-fiction is titled, It’s My Time To Grieve.
As poet and writer, her articles, stories, and poetry have been published in adult and children’s Christian literature as well as online through www.christiandevotions.us. She serves as Assistant Editor for www.DevoKids.com, and she contributes poetry bi-monthly to Critter Magazine. Her work has been published in Slate & Style, Shemom, Harold and Banner Press, Primary Pal: Pacific Press Publishing Association, Our Little Friend, MS Focus, and MS Connection Magazines, Who’s DANN?—a monthly magazine, Gospel Publishing House in LIVE; a weekly journal; the Pentecostal Evangel—an Assemblies of God publication, Heartland Boating, and the Upper Room magazine. Several of her poems have been read on air at WORD Radio in Greenville, South Carolina. Visit her online at www.phoebe-leggett.com.