Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©
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))
Do you willingly use your gifts? Are they used in proportion to your faith?
Think about that question.
God has blessed each one of us with gifts that we are to use to further His Kingdom. It is a shame that many of us have so little faith that we do not put our gifts to use as God had planned for us. If you have the gift of teaching, do you put it to use? Are you teaching a Sunday School class? Are you teaching others the things that God has placed upon your heart? Are you teaching others how to be more Christ-like even when you are not teaching God’s Word?
It is so easy to set back and simply do the least that you can do and claim that you are using your gifts. If God has blessed you with an ability, prayerfully and aggressively work that ability to further His Kingdom. If a person has been blessed with a certain athletic ability, do they simply do the least that they can do or do they focus and strive to be all that they have been created to be? How could any athlete have become professional in their sport if they did not take the talent that they have and build upon it? How can we, as the Body of Christ, do any less? How can we say that we have a gift, and then hide that gift so that God is not glorified?
Sometimes the Body of Christ is too timid to utilize the gifts that God has given. I honestly believe that this is due to the fine line that we can tread between humility and pride, humility and ego, and humility and arrogance. God has placed within us a heart that wants to glorify Him, yet, how do we not glorify ourselves if the world sees our talents and not the God who gave them to us?
Too many in the Body of Christ do not utilize the gifts that God has given to them. If we are to use our gifts in proportion to our faith, what does that say about our faith?
What does this say about your faith? I honestly pray that I can continually step out in faith and follow God’s gifts wherever they may lead. I pray that I may be strong enough to give God the glory no matter what the outcome. I pray that my faith will continue to grow.
How are your gifts and your faith? Are they growing in proportion?