Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Making My Talent and Skills Matter

In review of 1 Corinthians 6:20 it says, “Use every part of your body to give glory back to God”

Bottom Line:
God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor Him.

What this means to me:
God had paid a very high price for me. In return I should use every part of my body to serve and give glory back to God.

Today's verse comes from the last part of 1 Corinthians 6. In this section Paul tells me that my body was made for the Lord, and as such the Lord deeply cares about it. I need to realize that my body is actually part of Christ. As such I should not take my body, which is part of Christ and do worthless and immoral things with it. After all, my body's a temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in me. I am not my own, rather I’m his, bought at a very high price. Therefore I must honor God with my life (my body, talent and skills.)

Today, I’m reminded that God wants me to use the talents and skills he’s given me in view of eternity. Today’s verse from 1 Corinthians 6:20 says to, “Use every part of your body to give glory back to God” (TLB).

I’m not quite sure exactly what to expect in eternity, however, I beginning to realize that it’s likely not going to be place where I just kick-back, wear a white robe and play a harp while floating on  clouds. So, it makes me wonder what I’ll do for trillions of years to come.  

I believe God has plans for me to serve in eternity. There will be enjoyable things to do. What I’m doing here on earth is learning to practice serving. After all, God won’t place me in serious service in eternity if all I do is live here on earth for my own sake. This life here on earth is about developing the serving skills for the future. So I should hone and use them.

Ultimately, when I leave this earth there will only be two things I take with me into eternity: my character and my skills. So right now is my chance to get ready for the real thing. Now is my chance to develop my serving skills and building my character to be more like Jesus.

Today I will consider what I’m doing with the talents he has gifted me with. Am I using them on myself or to serve him here on Earth, and forever in Heaven?