And serve each other according to the gift each person has received, as good managers of God’s diverse gifts (1 Peter 4:10, Common English Bible).
If God was the owner, I was the manager. I needed to adopt a steward’s mentality toward the assets He had entrusted – not given – to me. A steward manages assets for the owner’s benefit. The steward carries no sense of entitlement to the assets he manages. It’s his job to find out what the owner wants done with his assets, then carry out his will. – Randy Alcorn
“God didn’t give me any gifts.” Said a woman sitting beside the bed of a comatose dying friend. “I can’t play the piano, or any other instrument. I have a horrible singing voice. I can’t draw beyond stick figures. The thought of standing on a stage and doing public speaking scares me to death. I don’t have any gifts. God forgot about me with that one.”
I had known the woman for some time. She was an excellent cook. She was a great mom and grandmother. It was also not the first time I had come to visit a church member in that kind of situation. Far more often than not, she was there when I got their and stayed their after I left.
I continued the conversation. “I think you are wrong. I see many gifts in you.” I went on to outline what I’ve written above.
“Oh, that? Those aren’t gifts. That’s just something you do. I’m talking about real gifts. You know what I mean, you sing some and you play the guitar.”
“I like to play the guitar. I am really not that good, but this isn’t about me. The gifts you have are important. I can take you to two dozen people I know who would have loved to have grown up with a mom like you, including one in this church. The one in this congregation had a mom at home but she drank heavily and left her kids to raise themselves. It wasn’t a great place to grow up. There were times there was nothing to eat because the mom had spent all their money buying alcohol. Being a great mom is a gift. Having compassion and sharing that with the world is a gift. Don’t ever deny your gifts. What you have is important.”
What I said then applies to all of us. Don’t deny the gifts God gives to you. God gave them to you for a reason, to share with the world. And, just because you don’t think it is a gift does not mean it isn’t a gift. If there is something you can do, from cooking to music, to sitting beside the bed of a dying friend, all those things are important. God has touched you. You are called to take what God has given to you and use it to give blessing to others.
Could that mean I need to practice my guitar more, so I get better, so I could share that gift with more people. It is a possibility. Whatever God’s gift(s) is for you, hone the skill and share it with the world. What good is a gift if we fail to use it to bring glory to God.
Have a great day in the Lord.
Grace and Peace,
Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved