Imagine this…you come downstairs..and what do you see sitting on the kitchen table? A beautifully wrapped gift. It is like something you’ve seen in those Christmas movies. All wrapped in this gorgeous bright red foil paper, topped with a perfect green silk bow. Best part? YOUR name is on the tag!! You can’t wait to unwrap it! You’re not sure what’s in it, but it is definitely wrapped with love. You remove the bow and open the box. You can’t believe what’s inside!! It is an amazing gift! Now what are you going to do with it?
Our Father in heaven has given us all AMAZING gifts. In 1 Peter 4:10-11 we are told exactly what to do with those gifts. USE THEM!!
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
It doesn’t matter what you found in the “box”; you are called to use what you’ve received to serve others to the glory of God.
Just out of curiosity…..what have you been gifted with? Are you a faithful steward of your gifts or have you been given a gracious gift only to let it remain on the table never to be used?
That seems awfully ungrateful to me. Don’t worry if your gift isn’t like someone else’s. Maybe your box is smaller than the others, but that’s not important. God will be praised when you use it! Or…..perhaps your box is HUGE…it takes up the entire table. Are you too busy “surviving” life to even open the box to begin with?
Whatever the case may be for you…I am here to challenge you to start using whatcha got today!