Devotionals

Our Gifts

When we are willing, God is able to use us in truly incredible ways. If we look to the examples of Abraham, Moses, Esther, Hannah, Daniel-all of these people were willing to be used by God even if they were hesitant at first or didn’t quite know what God was asking of them. It’s incredible to think about how, though these people did not have the completed Old and New Testament to rely upon, they still stepped out in faith and used their God-given gifts to bless the world in ways that still impact us today.

We know that God can use others in mind-blowing, extraordinary ways. So why is it so hard to believe that God can use us? Why does this confidence is God’s ability to use people extend only to other people in our minds? Why do we limit our ability to serve God’s kingdom by thinking we’re not enough? We give into confusion, self-doubt, and lies. I have nothing to offer. I need to grow more before God can use me. Such lies. Of course the enemy wants you to believe these lies-they cause you to ignore your God-given gifts so that God’s kingdom cannot grow.

Friend, I know you have special gifts. God gives us talents, interests, abilities, characteristics, ideas, traits that allow us to uniquely fulfill His calling upon our lives. Your gifts might not be the typical ones you see in other people. Maybe your gift is creativity or vulnerability or service or mentorship or organization or craftsmanship. Even in a secular classroom, these gifts can serve your students mightily. They can serve your friends, husbands, churches, communities mightily. Don’t let the enemy convince you that your gifts are not good enough for they were given to you by a good, good Father. Ask God today how you can serve Him with the gifts He gave you. If you’re not even sure what they are, ask Him. He’s always accessible to you, His daughter.

“And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” –Matthew 25:20-21 (see entire passage for the full parable)

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