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Monday, August 12, 2019

What to Do with The Gifts I’ve Been Given

In review of 1 Peter 4:10, it tells me that Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use them for the good of others the special gift he has received from God” (GNT).

My abilities should be faithfully used in serving others; none are for my own exclusive enjoyment. I don't have the right to use them as I please. I need to find and use them. Even as I seek to discover what they are, if I see a need, seek to meet it. I may end up finding gifts in areas I might not have guessed.

Do I know what God created me for? Do I know what my destiny is?

Fulfilling my destiny requires recognizing the unique way God has created me. This includes the things you can’t control, such as your parents, your nationality, your race, your native language. It also includes your SHAPE: my Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. All of these things make me uniquely me.

I’m only responsible for the gifts God gives me. So, if you aren’t artistically gifted, you are not expected to paint pictures like Rembrandt.

When I get to heaven, God isn’t going to compare me with anyone else, but myself. What did I do with what I was given? Romans 14:12 reminds me, “Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God” (NIV).

In the Old Testament, Esther used three God-given assets to fulfill her destiny. She was intelligent, beautiful, and had an attractive personality. Because of these qualities, “Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her . . . She won [the king’s] favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen” (Esther 2:15, 17 NIV).

Just as God gave Esther gifts for a purpose, God has given me gifts for a purpose. And just like Esther, I have a responsibility to be a good steward of those gifts, not in selfish ways but for the good of others. A key to living a productive and fulfilling life is to use my gifts to serve God by serving others.

In summary, as a good manager of God's gifts, I must use my for the good of others. They should be faithfully used in serving others. They aren't for my personal enjoyment or selfish gain. Fulfilling my destiny requires recognizing the unique way God has created me. God has given me gifts for a purpose. I have a responsibility to be a good steward of those gifts. A key to living a productive and fulfilling life is to use my gifts to serve God by serving others. 

Father as I consider what your Word says to me today, I need to consider those things that I have been ignoring, in favor of work. I had decided that starting today, I would begin to change my schedule slightly by getting up earlier, getting to work and leaving work a bit earlier. I want to add margin into my schedule, so that I can use the extra time as an opportunity to do things your bring my way. Today I also prayerfully consider if I should help volunteer to participate in a smaller group role with a ministry need on Monday nights.

I pray this morning that you will help shape my thoughts and help me to use the gifts you have given me to serve others. I pray for wisdom and guidance for my day, my leadership and my interactions with others. This I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen.

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