Today’s scripture: 1 Timothy 4:13-16
When we accept the gift of salvation and surrender our lives to Jesus Christ,
God bestows spiritual gifts upon us. Some of us are gifted preachers or
teachers. Others have the gift of hospitality or administration. Still others
are encouragers or are merciful.
And each gift is critical to complete the body of Christ. In God’s economy, the
volunteer who faithfully folds the bulletin each week is as important as the
most renowned preacher. Therefore, we cannot “neglect the spiritual gift” God
has given. Each of us is just important to God as our fellow brothers and
If you’ve been given the gift of hospitality, open your home for a neighborhood
Bible study. If you’re an encourager, write notes of affirmation to your
child’s teacher or to your pastor. If you teach, be certain you diligently
study God’s word so you speak only words of truth.
You can be certain of this: God will use you and your spiritual gift. But you
need to be prepared to do as He asks. You need to be willing to use your gift
to glorify God, not yourself.
Don’t “neglect” your spiritual gift. Instead, joyfully use it to serve God and
others, knowing He will, one day, say, “Well done, my faithful servant.”