08, December 2018

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Use What God’s Given You

‘Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them.’ Romans 12:6 AMPC

God has given you certain relationships, skills, experiences, and attributes that He wants you to use to fulfil His purposes. He used a beauty pageant to position Esther as Queen of Persia and stop the genocide of the Jews. He used Nehemiah’s diligence as the king’s cupbearer to position him for royal favour that would parlay into rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. He used David’s musical ability to give him access to the king of Israel. He used Joseph’s imprisonment and his ability to interpret dreams to save two nations from famine. He used the zeal of a mass murderer named Saul of Tarsus to spread the Gospel via three missionary journeys while writing half the New Testament. And if God used them, He will use you too. And He wants to.

In fact, He’s cultivating talents within you that will serve His Kingdom purposes in ways you are unaware of right now. It may be your God-given athletic abilities or music proclivity that God uses to give you a platform to give Him praise. It may be your creative genius. It may be your idiosyncrasy. It could just be your good old-fashioned work ethic. No matter what it is, it’s a gift from God that is to be used for God. Success is doing the best you can, with what you have, where you are. It’s not based on circumstances, wealth, power or platform. It’s not based on past experience or future potential. It’s stewarding every opportunity, in every way, every day. So today, use what God has given you.

SoulFood: Gen 40–41, Jn 18:1–18, Ps 147:12–20, Ecc 4:9–12

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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