Hi! My name is Rebecca Cruz and I am a believer, mother of an incredible young man, and author—in that order. I have a passion for digging into the Word of God and discussing all things Bible. I was born into the faith through missionary parents many moons ago. I began my journey into the Hebraic roots of the faith over 20 years ago and have never looked back! I have come to realize that if I desire to understand God’s Word, having an understanding of the Hebraic roots of the Scriptures is vital. Being that God’s Word was written in a specific language, to a specific people that had a specific culture, it’s stands to reason that investigating these factors can only enhance my understanding of His Word. I love sharing what I have learned with others and feel honored to be given the opportunity by Erin to share with you on this platform!
Gifts, Everybody’s Got One!
6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace that was given to us—if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; or the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who gives, in generosity; the one who leads, with diligence; the one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.Romans 12:6-8 (TLV)
We have gifts. We all do. Not all of us believe that, but it’s true. I think a positive thing that took place in 2020 was the fact that many discovered hidden gifts. Whether it was baking or some creative artform such as painting or pottery, many realized they had parts of themselves they had never tapped into. That in and of itself was a small gift for many of us who struggled with the complexities the year unfolded almost on a daily basis.
Romans 12:6-8 stands out to me because it links our gifts with the grace that has been given to us. This implies that God is deeply involved with and interested in our giftings. I love seeing how God takes into account who we are and gives us the giftings that best suit His purposes for our lives. It shows an intentionality on God’s part and His loving nature. God’s Word indicates His attention to detail and it’s no surprise that it would be evident in the way He provides us with the skillset to fulfill that purpose.
What gift have you discovered in your own life this year? Or, perhaps you had inklings that it was already there but you didn’t know what to do with it? I recently had a conversation with someone who sincerely cried out, “I don’t know what I’m good at. I don’t have any special gift.” The not knowing what the gift is, does not equate that the gift does not exist. Let’s break it down, so there is no confusion. The best way to do that is to look at Scripture to see what it says, since God’s Word is and should be our compass.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not from yourselves—it is the gift of God. 9 It is not based on deeds, so that no one may boast.Ephesians 2:8-9 (TLV)
We just jumped in on the deep end, huh? The fact that we even have grace is as a result of God gifting it to us. (There’s that word gift again! God is all about gifts!) In other words, everything begins and ends in Him. He is the author and finisher of our faith is He not? This verse is also a subtle reminder that any gifting we have is His and not of our own doing; therefore, we have no cause to boast.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.James 1:17 (TLV)
for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.Romans 11:29 (TLV)
No Backsies!” Did you ever yell this out as a child? Sounds silly and childish now; however, the idea behind this saying still holds true today. God gives us gifts and talents and we are expected, encouraged and even required to discover, develop and utilize them. It’s not optional. If you have any doubts about this, take a moment to read Matthew 25:14–30. The Parable of the Talents is pretty straight forward. It leaves no room for confusion. You’re task is to discover the gifts and talents you have and put them to use here and now.
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.Colossians 3:17 (TLV)
Diversity is a wonderful word. Webster’s dictionary defines it as, “1: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements—VARIETY, especially the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) 2: an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities.”
What does the word diversity mean for us within the context of God’s Word? It means that God has uniquely created us. Each one of us has been created in a unique mold that will never be used again. God lovingly breathed the breath of life into us and provided what we needed to fulfill the purpose He destined for us. In a book I wrote titled, “Awesomely Distinguished”, I mentioned a study written by a professor who analyzed verse 14 in Psalm 139. In our translations of the Bible we usually will find the verse written as follows, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” In the study, the professor takes a look at the original Hebrew that was used in this passage. What he discovers is that although, “fearfully and wonderfully made” is not a poor translation, there is a translation that lines up better with the original language. Instead of the phrase “fearfully and wonderfully made” a closer translation is, “awesomely distinguished”. The equivalent to the word awesome in Hebrew is nora. In fact, one of the names of the attributes of God is El-Hannora, which means, The Awesome God. What a wonderful literary picture this paints for us! We were created in the awe-inspiring image of The Awesome God! He fashioned us with distinction and uniqueness and, along with that, provided the gifts and talents to function in the fullness of the purpose that He destined for us.
So many of us have believed for too long the lie that we do not have anything to offer the world. Nothing could be farther from the truth! So friends, take Colossians 3:17 to heart. Immerse yourself in His Word and recognize that those gifts and talents that reside in you are meant to be used and shared. Recognize that God created you with intention, love and care. Realize that you have so much more to offer the world. We were created to be the hands and feet of God on the Earth! Who knows how many are waiting unknowingly to be blessed by your gift? And as you develop your gift and begin to share it with the world, do all in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks to God the Father through Him!
I would love to continue the conversation! Share your thoughts!
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