Gifted for God's glory 2

'Play skilfully on the harp.' Psalm 33:3 NLT

To 'play skilfully' means to do it well and strive for excellence when it comes to our God-given talents. It doesn't mean we have to be perfect, but it means we need to commit to nurturing the talents God's given us.

But firstly, we need to identify what our gifts are - usually the things we're good at and passionate about. Once we know, it's important to be deliberate about advancing them. But we also need to keep our attitude positive and humble. We need to be willing to serve using that gift, rather than using it to make ourselves look good. Romans 12:6-8 (CEV) sums it up well: 'If we can prophesy, we should do it according to the amount of faith we have. If we can serve others, we should serve. If we can teach, we should teach. If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully'.

In summary, we need to know how to use our gifts well, be ready and willing to use them, and be humble to use them with God's glory as our motive. Let's be committed to being responsible with what he's given us.

So what now? Make time to focus on your talent. Not yet sure what your gifts are? Ask God to give you insight; ask trusted family and friends; search for spiritual gift questionnaires online. Just do the best with your God-given gifts.

Soulfood: Heb 11:23-28, Exo 3:1-22, Exo 33:7-23, Exo 34:29-35

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