Gifted for God's glory 1

'Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves.' Romans 12:3 NLT

The Bible tells us: 'God has...given each of us different gifts to use' (Romans 12:6 CEV). These gifts are for us to use for his glory, not our own.

Sometimes we value our gifts too much, forgetting that they're not about us, but for God and his Kingdom. We want others to notice what we can do, rather than using the gifts to help others or fulfil God's purpose for our lives. Then sometimes God calls us to something out of our comfort zone and we're not sure that we can do it. Like Moses... God told him: 'I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people...out of Egypt' (Exodus 3:10 NIV). Moses replied, 'I am not a great man! How can I go to the king and lead the Israelites out of Egypt' (Exodus 3:11 NCV)? He questioned his ability to do what God was asking of him. But God reassured him by saying, 'I will be with you' (Exodus 3:12 NCV).

When doing something for God, let's be honest in our evaluation of ourselves (see Romans 12:3). Let's not discount God when it comes to our abilities, nor discount ourselves because we think we're not the right person. God promises to be with us and equip us for everything he calls us to.

So what now? What's God calling you to at the moment? If you feel ready to jump into it, ask God to help you remember you're doing it for his glory. If you're feeling afraid, ask God to give you his strength.

Soulfood: Jer 4-6, Luke 3:1-10, Ps 59:9-17, Pro 14:23-24

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