HOW DO WE USE OUR TALENTS TO GLORIFY GOD

In the bible talents are offer referred to as money, but in this article we will be talking about your special abilities, and gifts whether spiritual or not. Many people may have special abilities or gifts they were born with such as a very high aptitude for math, science, or music. However, God also gives all of us spiritual gifts by His love, grace and mercy. An example of some of the spiritual gifts God may give a person would be, the gift to teach the word of God, the gift to heal others of sickness, or the gift of prophecy (someone able to tell a future event(s)). What we want to accomplish in this article is how we use the abilities or gifts to glorify God. Obviously, we can use God’s gifts to glorify God by serving others as well as the church of Christ.

In 1 Peter 4:10-11… 10 as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen In this passage of scripture some people well aware of their abilities that they have the right to use their abilities as they please. Others feel that they have no special talents at all. Peter addresses both these groups in these verses. Everyone has some gifts; find yours and use them. All our abilities should be used in serving others: none are for our own exclusive enjoyment. Peter mentions speaking and serving. How is God gloried when we use our abilities? When we use then as God directs, to help others, they will see Jesus in us, and praise God for the help they have received. Peter may have been thinking of Jesus words as stated in Matthew 5:16… ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven’… If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what is like. We hide our light by 1) being quiet when we should speak, 2) going along with the crowd, 3) denying the light, 4) letting sin dim our light, 5) not explain our light to others, 6) ignoring the needs of others. You must be a deacon of truth, and never shut your light off from the rest of the world. So how from what was previous written can we glorify God through gifts? First, we have to know and acknowledge our gifts from God. Second, we have to use our gifts to help others. Third, we must explain to others that our gifts are from God and why we God gave you your gifts to help others. And fourth, give all the praise of gifts to God and not yourself (don’t take credit for something God gave you).

There is another aspect of using our talents to glorify God and that is building God’s church or the body of Christ. Sometimes working with people in the church of Christ can be difficult. What do you do when your gifts in the church or the body of Christ not utilized? I have been a deacon for nearly 30 years and I have seen or witness this happen with my own eyes. I will give a couple of examples. One church I served at had situation where the daughter of the chairman of deacon board, took a position as the music director at our church. I felt she did a great job and displayed her great gifts in music. But the Pastor of this church didn’t like here style of music and wanted to dictate to her what music she was supposed to play in church. Being frustrated his daughter quit as music director. There was a great falling out at a deacon meeting between the Pastor and our chairman of the deacon board. What did we do as a deacon board we use our gift of prayer to heal the rift between the chairman of the deacon board and our Pastor. Point here is everyone can pray and when you face with a situation like this sometimes the easiest thing to do is pray. God will always take care of his people through prayer.

Another example is when you may be serving in a ministry at your church and you have great disagreement with someone in the same ministry you are serving in. The word of God states in Matthew 5:24… leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift broken relationships can hinder our relationship with God. If we have a problem or grievance with a friend, we should resolve the problem as soon as possible. We are hypocrites if we claim to love God while we hate others. Our attitude toward other reflect our relationship with God.

Using your gifts to glorify God takes the courage the use them for others benefit not your own. When you don’t use your gifts at all it is like telling God you don’t appreciate any blessing has bestowed on you. Being selfish with your gifts will only been you further away from God’s blessing and others you may care about. Remember, you are a child of God, and God loves you so much that He was willing to give you a gift. Don’t ignore God love grace and mercy because your life may take turn for the worse no matter what special abilities or gift you have. I submitted a video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember, “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do “.

What do you think? Your comment are always welcome!!!

Written by Kofi Baruti

 

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