Failure to use God's gifts deprives others of God's grace

use-gifts-graceby J. Randal Matheny, editor

Early this morning, as is his custom, elder Ron Thomas posted a short thought about Bible class teachers. He mentioned the difficulty of recruiting and keeping teachers. Some, he said, “would rather do nothing but be taught in a Bible class.” Rather than teaching children who may get no other Bible than in the Sunday school class or others who need quality lessons, some prefer to sit and be consumers rather than contributors in the church.

No one has an excuse for not serving in God’s kingdom. No one can say they have nothing to do, nor possess the conditions to do it. It is not a question of lacking some spiritual capacity. We all possess a gift because we have all received one or more from God. If we are children of God, we are gifted servants.

So says Peter.

“God has given each person a gift. That gift is something he can do. Each one should use his gift to help the others. In that way you all make good use of the many blessings God has given you” 1 Peter 4.10 WE.

We may neglect the special capacities that God has given us. We may hide our gift, as did the one-talent man. We may flat refuse to serve others with our capacities. We may be selfish and use our talents in a wrong way. We may be envious of the capacities of others and despise our own. We may think that no one respects, praises, our appreciates our gifts.

But we cannot say that we do not have any capacities to be used in the kingdom.

Everybody can do something. Most of us can do several somethings. God is not stingy with his gifts. His “very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score” James 1.5 CEB. The problem that most of us have is choosing among the many gifts, capacities, opportunities to serve.

Peter indicates that our capacities are channels through which God chose to transmit to others his grace (so the Portuguese-language NBV). If we fail to use them, others will be deprived of God’s grace.

Is that really what you want to do?

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet.

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