We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
Gifts That Differ
There is one thing I know for certain. What’s that? You have given me gifts to use in serving you. There is something else that I know. What’s that? Others have different gifts that I have not been given. At one time, this troubled me. How so? I would look around and compare myself with others. That is never a good idea. Why is that? There is the very real and strong possibility that I would either be envious of the gift’s others have been given or I would be proud of the gift’s I have been given. Neither is a good outcome. Both attitudes are counterproductive and a waste of time and energy. That is true, without a doubt.
What will you do with the gifts, I have given to you? I will use the gifts you have given me to faithfully and fruitfully serve you. What will that look like? I will use my gifts generously, diligently and cheerfully. You will see me giving my fullest and best efforts in following you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. It will be the priority of my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will not let myself to be caught up and dissipated by the cares of this world. My eyes will be on you. I will be fully devoted to loving, following and serving you. It will be my goal to store up treasure in heaven with you. What does it mean to store up treasure in heaven with me? I came into this world with nothing. I will leave this world with nothing. Only the fruit I bear for you will be a treasure stored up in heaven with you. Fruit and treasure stored up in heaven will be the result of my using the gifts you have given to me. People will come to know and love and follow and serve you because I have used the gifts you have given to me. People will be in heaven because you have worked in and through my life. People will give their lives to you because your light has shined through me. That is the fruit, that is the treasure, that will be the result of my faithfully and fruitfully using the gifts you have given to me. Yes, it will. Keep on using all the gifts I have given to you. Encourage others and spur them on to use the gifts I have given to them. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for the gifts you have given to me. With a heart filled with faith, I will use the gifts you have given to me to serve you. Not only will I joyously and enthusiastically use my gifts, I will encourage and spur others on to do likewise; all for your glory. Amen
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