For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him. For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use, So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. – Romans 12:3-5 (AMP)
Would you consider yourself an expert in your field? Perhaps you have excelled leaps and bounds above the rest. Would you say that from time to time you get totally annoyed with those around you who do not share your skillset or level of knowledge? At times, you may even wish that you weren’t such an expert so people would simply leave you alone.
One of the most important things to remember is that we have absolutely nothing to do with our giftedness. We may have been the one who personally set aside the time and exerted the necessary effort to become an expert in our field but God alone deserves all the credit. He is the one who afforded us the time, perseverance, ability to retain the information and subsequently, the physical ability to carry out the work.
Contrary to popular belief, the main purpose of our giftedness is not a means to provide for me and mine. We may receive adequate provision in the process as we utilize our gifts. Nevertheless, the main purpose is to serve as an individual piece to a grand puzzle; when all members work in sync for the common goal, God will get all the glory due His name.
Lord, help me to keep my thought process in check in regards to the source and purpose of my giftedness. Help me to freely utilize my gifts to promote Your overall cause, not merely when I am adequately compensated for it.