Reflecting Christ With Our Charismata

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

As believers, our spiritual gifts are not just talents to be used for our benefit but powerful tools to reflect Christ’s character and love. Colossians 3:17 reminds us that everything we do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God. This verse sets a profound foundation for understanding how our gifts should be used to mirror Christ’s humility, love, and selflessness, transforming our lives and those around us.

When we contemplate using our spiritual gifts, it’s of utmost importance to remember the attitudes and motivations behind them. Our actions should never be fueled by selfish ambition or a craving for recognition. Instead, we are called to serve with a spirit of humility and a genuine love for others, putting their needs before ours.

Philippians 2:3-4 emphasizes this point: ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’ This mindset is not just a suggestion but a crucial command in reflecting Christ through our gifts. It means putting others first and seeking their well-being above our own, a responsibility and commitment we are called to uphold.

Jesus, our ultimate role model, exemplifies this kind of service. His entire ministry was a testament to humility, compassion, and selflessness. A striking instance is in John 13:1-17, where Jesus humbly washes His disciples’ feet. This act of service was a profound lesson in humility and love, demonstrating that true leadership and greatness in the Kingdom of God are achieved through serving others.

In using our gifts, we are reminded of the words in 1 Peter 4:10-11: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. Anyone who serves should do so with the strength God provides, so that God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” This passage highlights the importance of being faithful stewards of the gifts we have received, using them to serve others and bring glory to God.

As we reflect on these scriptures, it’s clear that how we use our spiritual gifts should directly reflect Christ’s character. Whether teaching, serving, encouraging, or showing mercy, our actions should point others to Jesus.

We must cultivate a heart of humility to embrace this call to reflect Christ in our gifts. Regularly ask God to help us see and serve others with a humble heart. Seeking God’s guidance through prayer for wisdom and discernment in using our gifts effectively for His glory is essential. Acting in love ensures that our motivations are rooted in genuine concern for others, and being grateful always reminds us to thank God for the opportunities to serve and the gifts He has entrusted to us.

As John Maxwell said, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” This quote emphasizes the importance of leading by example. Our actions as leaders speak volumes and can inspire others to follow Christ more closely.

Godseekers, let us strive to reflect Christ in all that we do. Using our gifts with humility, love, and gratitude can significantly impact our church community and beyond, always seeking to glorify God in all we do.


Heavenly Father, thank You for the gifts You have given us. Help us to use them to reflect Your love and character. May our actions always point others to Jesus and bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. How can you use your gifts to reflect Christ’s character more effectively?
  2. What steps can you take to ensure your motivations align with the teachings of Jesus?

Step of Faith

This week, identify a specific way to use your gifts to serve others, reflecting Christ’s love and humility. Please share your experience with a friend or mentor and seek their encouragement and guidance.

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