Day 5 – These Gifts and Abilities

“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139: 13-16)

God has made you, He has made me, for one purpose alone – to bring glory to Himself. And with every person, He chooses to accomplish that purpose a little differently. When He formed you in your mother’s womb, He was choosing specific traits to be woven together to be used in a way no other human would be able to use. That He’s chosen to use us in His grand scheme is absolutely astounding.

Loving people.
Making music.
Teaching children.
Playing sports.
Speaking God’s Word to others.
Being skillful in science and technology.

And the list goes on. It goes on in a million ways, because there are a million ways people are different from one another. Some are introverts. Some are extroverts. Some were meant to impact a hundred lives, some only a few specific lives. Some are called to go overseas, some are called to stay right here in an American neighborhood. But no matter where He’s called you or how He’s gifted you or what He’s asked you to do with it, it must be used and used for His glory.

I feel that too often with our giftings, we fall into one of two categories [I do quite easily]:

1) We take our gifts for granted, don’t even think about them, except for how to use them for our own pleasure and enjoyment. It’s great fun, I’m good at what I do, people like me for it, I will do well with it in life. Period. And we forget that there’s a bigger purpose in life …

2) We end up like the man in the parable that Jesus told about the talents, and when the master returned, the servant said to Him, “Sir, here is your talent; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man …” (Luke 19: 20-21) I don’t think it’s any accident that ancient money was also called talents. Because every time I read that passage, my heart is convicted for the ways that I just want to hide my talents away, call them insignificant and not worry about them, because I’m afraid of trying and failing. I’m afraid. To use what God has given me. This is a slap in God’s face, basically saying that His creation is not good enough to do anything worthwhile.

So my prayer today is that we will have a proper and humble view of what God has given to us, and that we will be bold enough to use it to shine forth His glory in every way.

Prayer Postures for Today:
– Ask God to reveal a talent or ability that you could be using more effectively for Him.
– Thank God for the way He’s gifted you, making you different from others for a purpose.
– When tempted to compare today, humble yourself, acknowledging that all you have is a gift, same as everyone else. God didn’t make one person inherently more special than another. He made each unique.

Father God, sometimes I take my gifts for granted. Other times I hide them away like the man with the talent, and I have a hard time relinquishing them to You so that You can do great things with them. But Papa, I am not my own … I am wholly Yours, and all I have is a gift meant to glorify You alone. Help me to have an attitude of service to You with all I have been given.

And if you need a song for today … here’s my new favorite by Chris Tomlin, “Lay Me Down.” 🙂

Happy Monday!

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