The Gift of You

Thursday
God has given you gifts. 
All kinds. 
Some come as talent.
Others are revealed in character. 
Some are gifts to you as well as through you that bring such joy that you can’t wait to share them.
Some are so close to your heart that you are afraid to reveal them. 
The gift that you are
with your smile and words, 
your hands and heart,
how you cook or clean, 
create or organize, 
how you lead and follow, 
bless and pray 
is meant to be given, not hidden.
Salt is made for seasoning.
Light is made for lighting. 
Gifts are made for giving.
The more precious they are to you, the more powerful they will be for others.
“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
The gifts you have been given are to be given away: to serve, to love, to mend, to tend, to bless, to build.
What gift is Jesus asking you to give today?
What opportunities is He giving you to bring the uniqueness of you into?

Gifts to Give

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“Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit and to all kinds of people!”
1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG

As gift-buying is in full swing, I want to remind you that God has already given you precious gifts to give to others this year that you don’t have to buy.

Gifts unique to you and that are meant to be given.

God has given you the talents of your hands, the strengths of your personality, and the driving passion of your heart. He has given you spiritual gifts to bless others with. When you do, God uses you to reveal Himself to others.

It is not a prideful thing to use your gifts for the glory of God, that is what they are for.

What gifts has God given you?

How are you going to use them to bless someone today?

Fearless Faith

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Fearless obedience is not about waiting until you have no fear to obey, it is about trusting God to be bigger than what you fear.

To go after all God has for you, talent is optional but faith is indispensable.

Every time you use whatever faith you have whether it be little or large to step out in obedience you are trusting a loving God to walk with you every step of the way.

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Whatever Jesus is asking of you today,  He will give you the strength to do it.

More Trust.

Less fear.

What is Jesus asking of you today?

What does it look like to trust Him?

Don’t Bury It

  

“so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’” (Matthew 25:25 NET)

FB Meyer expressed the thinking of this servant in the parable of the talents as this:

“So the servant buried it. Kept it safe for his master. He did not risk failure or work for success. He just buried it and believed the fear.”

When the time came to give account for it, his master wasn’t happy and was not impressed.

He had given his servant something with the expectation that he would do
something with it.
That he would grow it. Work it. Risk it.

Don’t listen to the voice of fear.

You are chosen.
You have been equipped.

God expects you to do something good with what he has given you.

Don’t bury it.

Invest it, grow it, work it, give it, risk it.

Bury It

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“so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’” (Matthew 25:25 NET)

Fear is a liar.

It says, “Yes, you have been given a gift that you did not earn and a responsibility to do something with it but WHO do you think you are? You are nobody and can’t do anything really valuable with it, so bury it. At least then it will be safe. “

FB Meyer expressed the thinking of this servant in the parable of the talents as this:

“I can do very little; it will not make much difference if I do nothing: I shall not be missed; my tiny push is not needed to turn the scale”.

Fear is a liar.

You can do something. You will make a difference. You will be missed.

The fearful servant buried his talent.
Kept it safe for his master.
He did not risk failure or work for success. He just buried it deep down where no one would find it.

When the time came to give account for what he had done with what he had been given, his master was NOT happy with him.

He had given his servant something valuable of his with the expectation that he would do something good with it. That he would grow it, work it, risk it.

Don’t listen to the voice of fear.

You are chosen.

You have been equipped.

God expects you to do something good with what he has given you.

Don’t bury it.

Invest it, grow it, work it, give it, risk it.

What are you going to do today with what God has given you?