Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Last week we talked about how we should not always look at how we are being blessed or not blessed, but rather, how God may be using us to be a blessing to others. This week’s devotion is an extension of that concept of being a blessing to others.
Let’s top up our coffees and dig into it a bit further….
Blessed? …Be a blessing!
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. 1 Corinthians 7:7b
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Without a doubt, whether you believe it or can see it or not, you have been blessed with gifts and abilities by our gracious God. So in addition to unconsciously being a blessing to those God sets in your life- as we discussed last week- you have been blessed with these gifts and abilities, with the sole purpose to bless others and, in so doing, give God glory.
As a young person, I loved singing. I wasn’t necessarily good at it, especially radio songs, but I had a high voice and I loved the sounds of harmony, so I joined the church choir with my Mom. At the age of about 13, I sang soprano with a group of people who much, much older than myself. Overtime, the choir director worked with me and had me sing solos in church, and I loved it! There was and is nothing like singing to and about the Lord. The Holy Spirit moves you in these pieces like no other songs. It is not uncommon that I am brought to tears with emotion and elation when practicing a piece for worship service.
God has instilled in me a desire to sing. Some day he may take it- my desire and/or ability- away, but in the meantime I must share it as part of my stewardship to bless others; to help lead the music in worship by singing his praises in church, to sing at gatherings and church socials or where ever I am asked. Sure, I could just simply sing secular stuff. In fact, singing in the secular realm with secular music is more popular and is received and requested more often by many more people. However, it is in singing God’s praises and giving him glory where my purpose in having the gift truly lies.
In the same way, God has blessed you with unique and specific gifts and abilities, and your sole purpose is to bless others with them and, in so doing, give God the glory. So may I encourage you to use your gifts and abilities to bless all those around you, but especially within the church, and for God’s glory. For in so doing, you will be doubly blessed.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, you have blessed each and every human being with gifts and abilities. Help me to see and nurture the gift(s) you have given me and to use them for your glory in the secular realm, but especially, in your church. Guide me to be a good steward of these gifts that they may bless others. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!
Reflection: Think about your gifts and abilities; those things you are good at and enjoy doing. Do you use them for the benefit of others? for the church? or do you keep them to yourself? Think of one thing you can do this week or on a regular basis where you could use these abilities to bless someone else, or within the church.