In the previous testimony when I said that God is SO intentional and that He has worked out everything concerning our lives and the things we experience – from the big important parts to the smallest detail, I meant it. Previously, Daizy had approached me and asked if I would become the proofreader for Jesuslovyou and I agreed. This was a privilege for me as I was happy to serve – and it also meant that I got an exclusive preview of the articles (which was great, as I was a big Jesuslovyou fan). I found myself becoming more and more involved in Jesuslovyou.com without even realising. Looking back now, I see that God was preparing me for such a time as this. He wanted me to work behind the scenes on Jesuslovyou, so that I could learn about the world of blogging. Now I know that in that time of serving, God was preparing me to use my gift! This is what I mean when I say that God is intentional about every detail in our life and the things we go through. It all happens for a reason. The Bible says,
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV
You may be reading this and wondering if you have gift. Well, I’m here to tell you that you do! Think about all of the things that you love doing so much and are passionate about – no matter how small or random you may think it is. Did you know that it has intentionally been placed in you by God? It’s your God-given gift. His word says
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 NKJV
That scripture starts by saying “As each one has received a gift.” which means that you’ve received a gift!
If you are unsure, then pray and ask God using this prayer “Lord, what gift have you given to me that I don’t know that I have?”
Also pray, “Lord, please help me use it, I don’t want to bury it, I don’t want it to go to waste.” And if you’re sincere and genuine with that prayer, I know God will surely come through and answer you. Peradventure, you do know what your gifts/talents are, but you’re refusing to use them for one reason or the other. Repent and ask God for the grace to do what He asks of you! It’s His strength that enables you to do everything, so don’t rely on your own ability. The Bible says,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV
Let’s refer back to the parable,
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.” Matthew 25 :24 NKJV
Fear can be a terrible factor that stops us from walking in purpose and using our gifts/talents. This is exactly what caused the servant to bury his. Don’t allow fear to hinder you! This parable doesn’t show a case of a servant not having a talent or not knowing what his gift was, it shows a case of a servant deliberately choosing not to do what was required of him because he was afraid. It would have been a different story if he was unaware of his gift/talent – but he wasn’t! He chose to disappoint his master. How would you feel if you gave someone a box knowing the wonderful things it contained, but they didn’t open it up and use what was inside. Instead, they decide to hide it away in a cupboard and never use it.
Or what if they did open it and absolutely loved what they saw but didn’t feel brave enough to use it, because of fear. Wouldn’t you be disappointed, wouldn’t you think what’s the point of them having it? Wouldn’t you think it was a waste?
Or what if they opened the box and loved everything that was inside and used everything that was inside to the best of their ability? Wouldn’t you be filled with so much pride and joy? Wouldn’t you want to give them more boxes filled with amazing things? Well, that’s exactly what it’s like when you decide to put what God has given you to use or not. It’s either something so great that keeps getting greater or it just becomes a waste. Remember, God has given YOU a specific gift for a specific reason. Don’t compare yourself to anyone, don’t compare your gift to anyone’s. He gave it to you for a reason and wants you to work with it. He wants you to serve Him with it, He wants you to serve others with it. So today, I urge you to discover your gift by His grace and use it for His glory. Don’t allow it to go to waste.