Have you taken action to use your gift?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
(Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV))

This past few days, God taught me a lesson about the gifts that He has given each of us. He used my sixteen year old son to emphasize something that many of us have a tendency to overlook.

As I may have stated in previous devotionals, my son plays alto and tenor saxophone in his high school band. I feel that he has a gift for music. Fortunately, he is in a school that has a band director who firmly believes in using what you have been given. He pushes the kids in a way that has brought discipline, maturity and confidence in their playing abilities. The band and the band director have taken the natural callings that the students have and have worked hard since summer. It shows. They earned the right to attend the national high school band competition recently held in Annapolis, Maryland. This right was granted to them by winning first place in the regional competition held just two weeks prior.

What made this band different was not their gifts, although it was a foundation. What made this band different was the fact that they acted upon those gifts and firmly believed that they could do it. God gave them each the ability to play. It was their decision and their action that turned that gift, that calling, into more than just a typical high school band.

How does that relate to some being apostles, some being prophets, some evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers?

God has also called each of us with spiritual gifts as well as physical gifts. He may not have called us to play music, but he has called us to other endeavors, endeavors that also need our decision and our action to turn that gift into all that God has called it to be. We may realize that we have a calling, but if we never act on that calling, is it truly what god desires? What if it is your calling to be an evangelist and bring countless numbers to salvation through Jesus? What will happen if you never take action on that calling.

We have to respond. We have to be willing to step out in faith just as my son’s high school band stepped out in faith when they believed that they could do more than simply playing at football games.

What is God calling you to do? If someone knocks on your door to tell you that you have won a fantastic prize, what happens if you do not answer the door? What will happen to your gift, your calling, if you never respond to God and step out in faith?

Being called is wonderful, yet, it is only the first step in the process. If you want to see what God will do if you answer your call, then step out in faith and allow God to mold you into the apostle, the prophet, the evangelist, the pastor or teacher that he knows that you can be.

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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