22, August 2010

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Use your Talents to Glorify God

‘God has given gifts to each of you.’ 1 Peter 4:10 NLT
Your work is important to God. Your job might use as much as 40 hours in a week, so it should represent Him. ‘God has given gifts to each of you…Manage them well…then God will be given the glory.’ We’ve each been given talents for the purpose of honouring God in this world. Undiscovered, undeveloped gifts dishonour Him; so do misused ones. God has gifted you to do something in a way nobody else can. By tapping into your unique abilities and using them to promote His Kingdom, you’re fulfilling His will in the truest sense. Paul says, ‘…everything comes from Him…and is intended for His glory…’ (Romans 11:36 NLT) The breath we breathe, the blood that courses through our veins, the grey matter between our ears are all God’s investment in us, and He expects a return. Max Lucado writes, ‘We exist to exhibit God, to display His glory. We serve as canvases for His brush strokes, papers for His pen, soil for His seeds, and glimpses of His image… He uncommons the common by turning kitchen sinks into shrines, cafes into convents, and nine-to-five workdays into spiritual adventures… When you magnify your Maker with your strengths…your days grow suddenly sweet.’ So, be like the great New England preacher Jonathan Edwards, who lived by two resolutions: ‘Resolved first: that all men should live for the glory of God. Resolved second: that whether others do or not, I will.’

SoulFood: Josh 2:1-24, Acts 9:20-30

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