a good day to use your spiritual gifts for the glory of God.
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT
A controversial radio talk-show host introduces himself using the expression “With talent on loan from God!” All talent possessed by any one of us is a gift from God. On loan, you might say, to use in service to God while we are on this earth.
Each one of us has a special God-given talent. Some of us may not even be aware of what our special talent is, but God will help us determine its form and its intended function. These talents that are all “on loan” from God are provided to us “…to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:12 NIV). It is God’s intention that we use our gifts together to build up each other in Christ.
Throughout the Bible, examples can be found that teach us how we are to use the unique spiritual gifts given to us. One of the most difficult things for us to adhere to seems to be God’s design for us to help one another, but let there be no mistake, God leaves no doubt as to His intentions. Peter tells us that “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV).
Far too often, individuals with remarkable abilities in many different areas will see only their own desires being fulfilled. It is commonplace to witness exorbitant wealth being used selfishly and sinfully with no regard for others. Not a day passes us by that people who ‘have it all’ seem to worship what they have rather than worshiping God, who gave them the ability to obtain what they have in the first place.
We are not all superstars of sports, entertainment, or business, but we all do have gifts to use for the betterment of our fellow man. God knows who uses the gifts He gave them in the manner in which He intended, and while it may be frustrating to us to observe other people squandering money on meaningless luxuries and items of instant gratification, we must ask God to keep us focused on His plan for us and the gifts He has blessed us with. Remember, “The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.” (Proverbs 10:16 NIV).
No contribution in time, effort, or money is too small when made for the right reason. To build up God’s people, to make God’s creation a better place in which to live, to build up God’s church – these are the reasons God loaned you your talent.
Use your spiritual gifts for God’s glory and you will be a superstar in an eternal life beyond your wildest imagination.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson