Giver of Good Gifts: Felicity’s Story

Giver of Good Gifts: Felicity’s Story
By Kaylee Poston

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 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” (Rom. 12:4–­­8).

In this passage from Romans, the Apostle Paul challenges believers to utilize the strengths God has given them for the advancement of the gospel. Each of these gifts fills a specific need within the body of Christ, and the body thrives best when each part is functioning in unity with the others. Paul recognized that these gifts were not merely given for the enjoyment of the believer but for the eternal work God was continuing to do on earth. When we reserve our gifts for earthly purposes rather than submitting them to our heavenly Father, we are manipulating their purpose for the flesh. As believers, we are most fulfilled when every aspect of ourselves is aligned with the purposes of God.

So what do spiritual gifts and strengths have to do with Christian Women’s Job Corps®?

In a job readiness program, it is sometimes easy to measure success by the number of degrees completed or jobs obtained. However, CWJC® is certainly no ordinary job readiness program. Though we find it so thrilling to see a woman secure her dream job or complete a degree after years of hard work, we hold a spiritual component center to everything we do. With CWJC, we value the spiritual development of our participants as well as their personal and professional growth. Our greatest joy comes when a woman is able to realize how her strengths fit into God’s kingdom advancement. In doing so, she is able to walk with purposeful understanding, finding joy and meaning in the choices she makes in obedience to God’s divine will.

For Felicity*, deepening her spiritual walk allowed her to discover professional goals for herself that she didn’t recognize previously.

Felicity was living in a highly urbanized area while juggling two jobs and her pursuit of a college degree. Even though she was employed, she was having great difficulty making ends meet. She was experiencing a longing in her life for something deeper and more meaningful. She wanted to strengthen her relationship with God and find someone to mentor her through a challenging season in her life. That’s when she learned about CWJC through a co-worker.

CWJC/Christian Men’s Job Corps® offers job and life skills training at 195 sites across the nation and abroad. Through its holistic approach, it cares for the participant’s whole self—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. CWJC/CMJC offers services such as GED classes, adult literacy courses, and English as a second language education. The program also offers mentorships and weekly Bible study.

Felicity thrived in her CWJC program. She eagerly soaked in every aspect of her lessons while developing authentic relationships with her site leaders. Her local site coordinator says of Felicity, “Every biblical concept for living taught in CWJC classes was soon exemplified in her life. We have enjoyed watching her blossom into a polished and confident young lover of Christ.” Through her spiritual exploration, she discovered that her greatest strength is in teaching. She now exercises that gift as an elementary school assistant teacher and Sunday School teacher in her local church. Through the realization of her strengths, she has decided to use her resources through CWJC to pursue a bachelor of science in childhood education.

Felicity recognizes CWJC as the avenue by which she gained her independence. She now has a bank account, a car, and an apartment. She feels confident in her ability to make sound financial decisions that will shape her future in a positive direction. “I didn’t think I would ever get the [opportunity] to learn how to drive a car by myself and become independent. I was able to get my driver’s license and a new car from the help of [my mentor],” said Felicity.

That mentorship is another key component to CWJC spiritual development. While participants are refined through this program, mentors are also challenged to use their gifts to speak life and love into the lives of their mentees. When you volunteer through CWJC, you learn to assess the needs around you and employ your strengths in a way that best serves the body of Christ as a whole. Whether you serve in a local church in the United States or plan to take the gospel to the nations, this discernment is crucial for relating to other believers and nonbelievers. As salvation comes by the Spirit, when we establish that form of connectedness with others, we create a platform for trust and communication for the Spirit to use.

Our Creator gives us all certain gifts. Today, challenge yourself to commit those strengths for the purposes of God. Hold yourself accountable so that you might use them for serving others, not for glorifying self. Pray for those experiencing spiritual growth through the ministry of CWJC. And find peace today knowing that nothing is as satisfying to the believer’s soul as walking in total submission to Christ.

*Name changed.


 Kaylee Poston is a University of Montevallo student and is an intern with the Adult Resource Team and WorldCrafts Team. She is incredibly excited to be sharing the stories of God’s incredible faithfulness through the ministries of WMU. 

 

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