It’s Christmas, the season of giving and everybody’s out shopping finding presents for each and preparing for the big day.
But today, I’m thinking of a different kind of gift; a gift that God gave to us from birth that we can use again and again.
And from the title of this blog post, you already know that this gift isn’t Jesus, although He is the greatest gift God ever gave us.
I’m talking about talents. We’re all good at something. Sometimes, we enjoy developing our talents. Other times, we don’t.
But what are talents supposed to be used for? Are they meant to be used for our gain?
When we look at the Bible, it clearly shows us that this is not the case. And while the storied show us that people benefit from their gifts, their initial use of them is to BLESS OTHERS.
Here are a few exampled of what I’m talking about.
David was a good soldier, and he won many battles as well as getting rewarded greatly with riches and popularity.
Tabitha, a.k.a Dorcas, was a good seamstress, and happily made clothes for the poor and needy around her. Then when she died, many people came to mourn for her loss and displayed all of the work that she had done. But by God’s grace, she was raised back to life again when Peter prayed over her.
When you give, you are always going to be blessed in return, even if it isn’t immediate.
But what if we don’t enjoy practising our piano every day? The teacher is really annoying. What if we don’t enjoy going to sports practice? We lose at every match anyway.
Here’s a Bible verse that might help you:
Cool huh? Because God gave us the gifts, we should do our work unto Him FIRST. Then we can start seeing the joy and rewards coming out afterwards.
When I read this verse, I thought of all of the talents that God had given me, and how I don’t use them all. But God has given me these abilities. It seems ungrateful of me not to use them.
I think that’s what Jesus was trying to say when He told the story of the Three servants and their Talents , Matthew 25:14-30. Two of the servants went and invested in the talents which their master had given them, and got double what they had started off with. But the third servant who only had one, just buried the talent and did nothing. This angered the master greatly and he punished that servant and rewarded the others.
No matter how many gifts we get, do them to the best of your ability and unto God. THEN you’ll start to see those blessings.
Here’s an example:
My friend’s dad is a software engineer. But he also is a very goo musician, so he gets paid to do gigs and performances, even though his main job and strength is software engineering. Now, people are enjoying his playing, and he is getting extra pay from a hobby!
Isn’t that awesome?
How about you?
What are your talents, and how can you use them to bless others and honour God?