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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Faithful with Gifts
After going to Peru, my boys and I have had a constant conversation about being thankful for what we have received. We talk about eating what's on our plate because the children we sponsor don't get to eat as much as we do. We don't want to waste what we've been given.
Our Heavenly Father doesn't want us to waste His gracious gifts either.
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25 about a man who was going away. Before he left he gave his servants talents (a huge amount of money). Later he came back and demanded the servants to give an accounting. The servants who got it right were faithful in using what they were given.
The same is true for us. Am I being faithful with what I've been given? Am I using my God-given gifts to serve others and glorify Him? All of us will be called to the throne to give an accounting of our faithfulness with respect to the gifts He gave us.
Being faithful with our gifts mean that we are using the gifts and using them the right way. Peter says this about our use of the gifts in 1 Peter 4:10-11: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks the oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”
God wants us to use our gifts to serve others and glorify Him. Am I being faithful in doing that? Am I actively using my gifts to serve others?
What will we say when He asks us if were faithful?