Christmas has come and gone yet again. But before life has a chance to return to “normal,” I want to take some time and consider how I will use the gifts I’ve received.
On more than one occasion, I’ve written about spiritual gifts and how they are God’s gifts to His church, not something He gives to individuals for their personal benefit. For instance, those who possess the gifts to teach or preach were given those gifts to benefit others, not themselves, etc. In short, we’re given gifts from God to share them with others in ways that further God’s kingdom.
It’s a perspective that can alter the way we look at everything we’ve been given. As I look at the presents I received this Christmas season, I can choose to use them for myself only, or I can use them to benefit others as well. For example, I received some money from my parents, and I can spend it any way I want. I am free to spend it all on myself; I am free to give it all away; I am free to stick it in the bank and do nothing with it – the choice is purely mine. However, the question I want to ask myself is, “How can I use this to serve God and help others?”
Personally, I’ll probably use some of it to purchase a few Bible study resources so that I can become a better teacher of God’s Word. Then, I may save the rest and go play a round of golf when it warms up!
Gifts from Dad – how will you use them? To satisfy self or to serve God and others? –Dave
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
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