The Bible makes it expressly clear that each believer is given a spiritual gift – a gift given so we can help each other.
“Now there are distinctive varieties and distributions of endowments (gifts…due to the power of divine grace operating in their souls by the Holy Spirit) and they vary, but the [Holy] Spirit remains the same…All these [gifts, achievements, abilities] are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually [exactly] as He chooses.” (1 Corinthians 12:4, 11 – Amplified Bible)
The spiritual gifts given to each person by the Holy Spirit are special abilities – to be used to help people, to spread the Gospel, and to minister to the needs of the Body of Christ.
There are many gifts – people have different gifts, some have more than one – but one gift is not superior to another. All spiritual gifts come from the Holy Spirit.
“God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.” (verse 6, NLT)
God is completely involved in the giving, using, and empowering of these gifts. He creates a unique place for each believer – a specialized, designed-by-God role.
We can take no credit for what God has freely given us.
But what are we doing with what He has given us?
Are we hiding them?
We are called to invest our talents in helping others. We are to use them wisely – to reach others with the Gospel, and to build up the body of believers.
There is a reward waiting for those who use their time, talents, and treasures diligently in order to serve God completely.
And there are consequences for those who don’t. We cannot call ourselves servants of God, and then have little to show for it. If our gifts are not being utilized, it means we are essentially living a selfish lifestyle.
There is a principle of truth in this – one that runs throughout the Bible.
Negligence of spiritual truth is punished and diligence is rewarded – rewards are given according to faithfulness, and chastening is brought on by lack of faithfulness.
So again, I ask – are we hiding our talents?
And why would we do so?
I can think of several reasons – because at some time or the other, I have used them for my own excuses.
1) “I don’t have time.”
2) “I don’t have the energy.”
3) “I don’t know where to start.”
4) “I don’t have any gifts or talents.”
5) “I don’t know what my gifts or talents are.”
6) “I don’t have the courage.”
7) “I don’t want people to criticize or reject me.”
8) “I don’t want to fail.”
On and on…
But every excuse has one thing in common – the phrase “I DON’T…”
We are focusing on our INABILITY, our LACK, our WEAKNESS. We are focusing on our SELVES.
We have a calling – to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom to others. We have a calling – to build up the church. We have a calling – issued to us directly from God.
We have a calling…
And we will be held accountable for the stewardship that has been entrusted to us.
We are to bear fruit.
True faith always results in a changed life.
So, my friends, let’s stop hiding our God-given gifts and talents. Let’s stop making excuses. Let’s stop being selfish…
“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all…” (Luke 11:33)
Let your light shine – in a dark and lonely world that needs God.
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