Value Your Gifts
by Jim Hughes
II. Tim. 1:6-7 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT)
The thing that really speaks to me from these verses is Paul's admonition to Timothy to fan into flames his spiritual gift that God gave him. I believe it is imperative that we value greatly the gift(s) God gives us. We should accept our giftedness with thanksgiving.
We should be moved by our love for Christ to develop our giftedness to the best of our ability. We should determine in our hearts to give the Lord our best efforts in using our gifts in His service.
When we fail to properly value our gifts, we are insulting our Lord who gave them to us. Whatever you have been given to use for the glory of Christ, don't take your gifts for granted. Don't go around thinking that anything less than your best is good enough.
For Timothy, God gave him the gift of being a leader in the church. He was a pastor. And Paul was telling Timothy to let it be seen by all that he was gifted by God to lead. In the same way, we must strive to excel in how we exercise our giftedness in the church. Be the best that you can be for the glory of Christ and all will see and give God the glory.
Gifts vary in type and function. We are all different and serve the Lord differently. Whatever we do in service to Christ is our gift. It is offered up to the Lord in love.
Using our gifts is an act of worship that pleases the Lord. Each of us have things we can do for the Lord. Whatever you do, discipline yourself to do it well. How we use our gifts is a reflection of our heart for the Lord. If your heart is right with God, you will willingly and eagerly do what you can for Him.
You have things you can do to serve the Lord. It is your responsibility to identify them and use them. The Lord holds us accountable for what we do for Him.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years.
I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son.
I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 3rd Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.