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1 Corinthians 12:7,11 - Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit,and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.

Romans 12:6-8 - Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;if it is giving, then give generously;if it is to lead,do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

2 Timothy 1:6-7 – For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

1 Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,as faithfulstewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

The wheelhouse in hockey is a spot for the puck in relation to a shooters stance where the shooter can get maximum efficiency and power out of a shot. It’s really fun to hit the puck from the wheelhouse! Often times even the shooter is surprised by the velocity of the puck when struck perfectly. Have you ever been surprised by the impact you’ve had through what seemed like a small or joyful effort? When we use our gifts in the right setting it’s like a puck hit right in the wheelhouse – we’ll see maximum effect on those around us, and it’s really fun.

Anyone who has received the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ has been given spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:7). These gifts differ from person to person, but all are called to use them for the benefit of those around them (Romans 12:6-8). In other words, God has given each of us a wheelhouse, a sweet spot, where we can really excel and be a part of God’s plan for the church. 1 Corinthians 14:12 – So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

The interesting thing about hitting the puck in the wheelhouse is that, not only is it more powerful, but it feels easier than when the puck is outside the wheelhouse. Now, a good forward isn’t going to pass up a scoring chance just because the puck is a little outside the wheelhouse – and sometimes we’re called to serve in areas that are a little tougher for us. However, I think God designed us to enjoy investing in others – it’s better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) – and it’s sweet when gifts we enjoy using really impact others in a big way.

If you’re not sure what your gifts are here is an online spiritual gifts test that might help you find where your wheelhouse is: Just as Paul encouraged Timothy, so I encourage you to ‘fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control’ – 2 Timothy 1:6-7.

What are your spiritual gifts? Where can you put these to use to serve others?
Where have you found the most joy in serving?

For additional reading see – Mark 10:45, Hebrews 6:10, Colossians 3:23-24


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