Good Gifts

How do you use your talents? Are you aware of the talents you have? Do you seek to hone your skills? Will you use your talents for good? Do you know where your talents come from? Do you know that God has gifted you with them?

We all have a variety of gifts or talents. We may be gifted with athleticism. We may have a gift for music. We may have a gift for serving or helping. We may be a talented organizer. We may be gifted with the ability to learn quickly. We may be a talented artist.

Each talent we have has been gifted to us by God. We do not often think about them in that way. And I dare say we do not often thank God for those gifts. I know I don’t nearly often enough. But we can thank God regularly for them by both thanking him in prayer and by using them to carry the good works he has planned for us.

You see, God has gifted us with a variety of talents for the common good. We are given gifts to serve our community, build up the church, and strengthen the body of Christ. As we use them for these purposes, God is pleased. This is a thanks that speaks louder than our words.

It will not take much looking in our community and churches to see where our talents can be put to good use. There is a lot of hurting people in this world. They need our help. And here is the real kicker—as we help others, we help ourselves the most. So, let’s go use the talents God has gifted us with.

I pray we all decide to use our gifts. I pray we use them for the common good. I pray each one of us will identify and use our gifts to carry out God’s plan and do the good works he has planned for us. Identify your gifts. Use your gifts for good. Use your gifts to carry out God’s plan. Use your gifts to do the good works God has set before you.

1 Corinthians 12: 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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