Is Your Gift Bringing God Glory?

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Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time.

(1 Peter 4:10-11, MSG) 

 

It’s easy to forget that our talents are not for our own consumption because we can be all about selfBut, the Bible states very plainly here that we are to give away the things that God has given to us. So, my first question to you is:

1) What has God given you? and

2) How can you use it so that after encountering you people thank God?

When you are able to answer these two questions, make the giving away of your talents a priority everyday, everywhere you go. Let it ooze out of you. Become known for it.

I believe that one of my gifts is encouragement. I enjoy making someone’s day whether it’s complimenting them, leaving a large tip w/ a written note (my fav!), sending a thank you card, gifting a book that speaks to their current circumstance, coaching clients & even creating this blog.

Encouraging people to run after Jesus and live the life He created them to live isn’t my profession. It’s my calling. I know this because I’m miserable when I’m not bringing forth the best in others. And, I’m soaring high when I have the opportunity to uplift someone by sharing who God says they are. So much so that I decided to make it my occupation.

As compelled as I am, sometimes I feel my gift slipping through my fingers. I’m not as on fire as I once was. I feel it becoming a task on my to-do list, a chore. My next step becomes fuzzy and I feel frustrated and overwhelmed. Those are the days I realize I left God. I wandered off on my own and begin to use my gift haphazardly. I’ve taken it out of His hands and dedicated it to me. Or, I’ve dug a hole and fearfully buried it.

And, we know from the parable of talents that God expects a return on His investments!

So, today, I ask you to give your gift away so that someone may praise God for having encountered you.

Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments!

Woman, Live!

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Comments

  1. Brandi, Your post reminds me of the scriptures in Matthew 23 when Jesus says that the “greatest among you will be a servant.” Actually looking for opportunities to serve and give with our gifts and talents honors our (heavenly) Daddy. We are amazing and beautifully gifted not for our own glory. Thanks for the reminder to give rather than to go searching for recognition.

    • Hi Jennifer! I’m always in awe of how God wants to use us to bring Him glory. I’m so excited to see the many ways He is going to use you and Healthy Inspiration! Thanks for reading & commenting!

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