· Church Renewal

Are you using your gifts wisely?


By Herman Lightsey


There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. There are different ways of working, but the same God works all things in all people.  

––1 Corinthians 12: 4-6


I had hip replacement surgery two weeks ago. It went well and I seem to be progressing as I should. This was my first major surgery and my first night in a hospital.


The skills of the doctors, nurses, and staff are amazing. God gave them gifts that they utilize to help others.

Each caregiver made me feel like I was their only patient. The doctors and nurses had prayers with my wife and me before surgery.


A few hours later I was up and walking.


This experience reminds me that God has given each of us unique gifts. Are we using them to serve God or ourselves?


If you are unsure of your spiritual gifts, consider taking a spiritual assessment provided by Discipleship Ministries here.


Knowing your spiritual gifts can help you determine your role within your local church and United Methodist Men.

Let me suggest two misuses of your spiritual gifts.


  1. To believe your gifts are more important than the gifts given to others.
  2. To excuse yourself from basic Christian responsibilities. You may not have the gift of healing, but you still need to show compassion and care for others.

What is God calling you to do in this ministry to men and their families?


Grace and peace,


Herman Lightsey, president

National Association of Conference Presidents of UM Men




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