Talents and Gifts

Pen, Sweetness, Sweet, Nature, Pink

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 ESV

As I look at the artwork of others, I am totally amazed. People are so creative and super talented! I always wanted to be super talented at something. Why? So people would think I was amazing! My oldest best friend is an artist beyond compare. She can draw ANYTHING and do it well! She has drawn all her life, but I never ever remember her drawing attention to her work and I always wondered why. If I was that talented, I think I would have an ego the size of Mount Kilamanjaro!

Some artists do not need to speak about their work because it speaks for themselves and draws people to admire the talent. Recently, as I was admiring my friend’s talent, I realized what I mentioned earlier…she does not brag about her work. I think her work speaks for itself as it says, “look at me and marvel that God gives wonderful gifts to people.” She uses her gift to bless others. She has drawn things for me and many of her friends and family and she acts like it’s no big deal.

But, you know what? God gave you a gift too! It may not be admired by the world, social media or tons of people, but God sees it and how you use it. It is Him we are to please. It is just as important as anyone else’s gift. How do I know this? It says so, in His Word that we are given things to be used for Him. They are given BY Him, too.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Do you feel you have no gift? That, right there, is a lie straight from the devil, that I, myself, believed for a long time. Do not be like me! Pray and ask God to make you aware of your gift. Ask Him to show you how to use it for His glory. I believe some most special gifts are overlooked, like encouragement and friendship. Some people are just great at that! They are happy and loving and present with others. Showing God’s love is the best gift we can give anyone!

You know how you give a gift to someone and you are happy to do it? And then you are happier still that the person loves it and uses it? I see God as feeling that way. He created you with a purpose in mind and though He is happy to give you a gift, He will be even happier when you use it! Your personality was meant to be used for His good purposes. You are special!

Have a great day, finding and using your gift. We are all different, but we are all blessed by God!


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