Using Your Strengths and Talents

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“Do not neglect your gift, which was given you…” 1 Timothy 4:14 (NIV).

You are a social worker gifted with unique strengths and talents. God has blessed you with these and given you the responsibility of using them for His glory.

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a parable about men given talents according to their ability. Those who used their talents wisely were blessed in the end with increased talents and were called “good and faithful servants.” The one who hid and did not use his talents was referred to as a “wicked, lazy servant.” Jesus continued to say, “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:29, 30).

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms…so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 4:10, 11b (NIV).

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14–16 (NIV)

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 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.

Romans 12:6–8 (NIV)

Take some time to reflect upon your gifts and how you can use them to bring about God’s glory. Ask yourself whether you are being a good steward of what God has blessed you with. This week, you are encouraged to use your gifts to benefit the Kingdom of God. Your gifts can be used to benefit your friends, family, strangers, and those in your field placement.

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Christ-like attitudes, values, worldviews, and ethical and professional behavior within advanced clinical practice. (ILO 1)
  • Examine the impact of Christian influences on social welfare. (PO 5, ILO 5)
  • Demonstrate character, scholarship, and leadership in becoming a world changer through application to personal life and professional social work practice.

Resources

  • Bible

Background Information

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” Psalm 27:13 (NIV).

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us” Romans 5:5 (NIV).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

“Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!” Psalms 31:24 (NIV).


Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Write a one-paragraph response to each of the following prompts:
    1. Describe some of your gifts and talents that will be useful to you as a social worker and in honoring God.
    2. Have you neglected any of your personal gifts and talents?
    3. How can you help others access their own gifts and talents in order to live a happier life?
  3. Before finalizing your work, ensure that you:
    1. Have followed the assignment instructions carefully.
    2. Use the computer’s spelling and grammar check.
    3. Use APA format for organization, style, and source credits, including:
      1. 12-point, double-spaced Times New Roman font
      2. One-inch margins on all sides
      3. Normal character spacing
      4. In-text citations
      5. Title page and reference page (may not have reference page as it is not required to list Bible in references)
      6. Properly formatted headings

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