Using God’s given ability

BethanySMC - Saturday, 10 November 2012 06:56

Study through letters of Apostle Peter: Who we ought to be & what we ought to do.

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10

 “As every man hath received the gift” – speaks of the fact, without a doubt, that every true follower of Christ is enabled by God to minister to others in one way or another.  God has entrusted His resources into our care so we use them for His purposes.

 Financial prosperity doesn’t give us the license to expand our lifestyle and indulge ourselves with pleasures and luxuries. We are stewards of God’s resources and gifts that He wants us to use to benefit others. Our hearts should be open and generous and the doors of our homes open to receive brothers and sisters who are traveling, doing God’s work or who do not have a place to stay, especially for those who have a good testimony as godly people.

No matter what kind of gift we have received: speaking, singing, cooking, manufacturing, fixing, building or any other skill or ability, we must remember it is a gift from God for the ministry and not for self-gratification. If we utilize what we have and manage it properly, we are able to gather for ourselves a reward in heaven. If we misuse or abuse it, we not only rob ourselves of eternal reward, but are also in danger of being judged. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Read entire passage to understand the concept better. And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. Luke 12:42-48.

God doesn’t require us to give and do more than we are able to but in what we are able, we ought to be found faithful and diligent. Excuses, laziness and burial of our talents and God’s gifts, unwillingness to work and develop skills in not wise. Watch out for reluctance and grudging attitude toward helping others – it is a sure sign of bad stewardship and selfishness that creeps into the heart.

“When our houses were of wood, our hearts were of gold; but when our houses became golden, our hearts became wooden.” These words were spoken about three hundred years ago; however, we can see the same thing happening in our days. The more we have, the more selfish we become; fewer children we can afford, fewer people we fellowship with, less people can enter our homes. Yes, those who are given more are enjoying their abundance without true sacrifices for neighbor or the Lord himself. Maybe for this reason Jesus said it is extremely difficult for a rich person to enter into heaven. Maybe we forgot that at the end God will require more of us because He expects more from us? Maybe His blessings are a test of our faithfulness. Maybe we ought to make radical changes in our appetites, life style and thinking while it is not too late! While there is time, let us be faithful and use God’s given abilities for the glory of God!

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