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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, December 12, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
God’s gifts differ in nature, power, and effectiveness according to his wisdom and graciousness, not according to our faith. God will give spiritual power necessary and appropriate to carry out each responsibility. We cannot, by our own effort or willpower, drum up more ability and thus be more effective teachers or servants. These are God’s gifts to his church, and he gives faith and power as he wills. (NLT) Our role is to be faithful, seek ways to serve with the gifts He has given us.
Romans 12:6-8 – God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Paul wrote to Timothy, “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, . . . Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them.” –1 Timothy 4:14-15 (NRSV)
Beverly Varnado (Georgia) titled her story “DILIGENCE;” here is a portion of Beverly’s story:
“. . . For many years, I have been painting and then reproducing a watercolor scene for the Christmas cards I send to friends and relatives. Why is it so hard this Christmas? I asked myself. Why do I have to begin again so many times?
As I stared at the blank page in front of me, the answer came to me. It was because I had not painted regularly throughout the year. . . . In a sense, I had neglected my gift.
“When writing to Timothy, Paul encouraged him not to neglect his gift. Paul knew that when we don’t use the gifts God has placed within us, our faith will not grow and strengthen and the ministry God has for each of us will suffer. . . . But more importantly, I seek to be faithful in using all the gifts God has given me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Faithfulness requires that I use the gifts God has given me.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to value the gifts you’ve given us by putting them into practice. Amen.
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