Have you had that embarrassing moment when your child receives a gift and quickly becomes stingy by refusing to share it with a brother, sister or friend. Or, think what about this. After giving what you thought was the perfect gift to someone, their reaction is clear that it will be put on a shelf, never to be used.
I wonder sometimes if God feels that way about us. He has given each of us a special gift. Are we being stingy or putting it on a shelf, never to be used?
I love Psalms 139:13. It says: “He knitted me in my mother’s womb.”
The word knit says to me that He took time to create us and choose the perfect gifts, talents and passions to be shared and used. For example, do you know those things that seem so natural and not a big deal? Can I tell you that God does think they are a big deal? He gave them to you and is waiting for you to use them.
Let me go a little deeper.
Romans 12:5 (NIV) says this: So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
There is one word that recently stood out to me. We “belong” to others. To sum it up, the gifts God has given me is to be shared with others. It is not really about me.
Today, may you remember that God thinks you are very special. He offers you the gift of eternal salvation and thought you were so special that He carefully chose just the right passions and gifts for you at the moment of conception.
You were created for a purpose. It begins by acknowledging your talents and passions are a gift from God to be used to serve Him and others. Don’t put it on a shelf like a gift you think will never be used. God cared enough about you to give it to you for a reason.
What do you think God could use you to do today?