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Using Your God-Given Talents


What do you consider yourself to be really talented? Painting? Counseling? Perhaps you've never encountered a car problem that you couldn't fix, or perhaps you're a fantastic cook. Perhaps you simply seek out opportunities to assist others wherever you go in your life.


Guess what? No matter what your ability or skill is, you're in luck. It's all because of God! However, He does not reward us with abilities or skills in order for us to be noticed or to earn a lot of money.


Yes, it is possible that this is a result of it. However, it is considerably more extensive than that. God wants us to give such gifts in order to praise Him! He desires for us to use our abilities to be "good and faithful servants."

What exactly does God want us to accomplish with our gifts in order to serve Him? There are two ways to do this: by blessing people and by expanding His kingdom.


God desires for us to be blessings to others.


According to 1 Peter 4:10, we are enjoined to use our talents and abilities to serve others as loyal stewards of God's mercy. Now, in that context, Peter was particularly referring to spiritual gifts like as prophecy and healing, among other things. Even though they are supernatural powers that God has bestowed upon each Christ-follower, the overall concept of blessing others extends to talents as well. God does not give us anything solely for the sake of benefiting ourselves. After all, we've been blessed with the ability to bless others (Genesis 12:2)!

God desires for us to work together to construct His kingdom for His glory.

God created everyone of us uniquely. That's fantastic, since the kingdom is made up of all of us working together. Throughout 1 Corinthians 12, Paul compares the church to the human body, saying that while everyone of us is unique, we work together to make the body whole. And because Christ is the head of the body (Ephesians 5:23), all we do should be pointing to Him and His glory. He is in charge of everything!


In other words, God desires that you use your particular position within the body of Christ to bring Him glory. So, if God has gifted you with a beautiful voice, use it to glorify Him. For those with talents that are a little less conventional—for example, math skills or programming knowledge—find a method to transform those skills into a job or volunteer work for a God-honoring firm or organization. Make use of your God-given abilities to reach out to people who do not yet know Him—and be sure to give Him the glory for your accomplishments.


In Matthew 22:37–40, Jesus gives us two commandments: to love the Lord with all our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves. And when we steward our skills in order to honor Him and serve others, we are accomplishing exactly that goal.

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