Word 4U Today

REGIFTED

REGIFTED

Paul wasn’t meaning to sound like Donald Trump or the Ayalas and the Sys when he prayed that the Ephesian church would understand the riches He had ‘invested’ in them. No, he was helping them to understand why God had lavished so many extravagant gifts on them.

The point of God’s generous investment is that He sees the potential for something great to grow.

God is in the entrepreneurial game. Not to make us self-centered, gifted busybodies (although He wants us to feel good about our gifts He knows what we’re like). But He uses us to serve the world. If our skill is business and making money, then through us God can bless the poor. If our talent is care and making tasty food, then through us God can welcome and feed the lonely. If our gift is teaching, then God can show the world what His character is like.

That’s what our skills are for –

to make the world more like one where God rules and cares for everybody.

It’s why in other places in the Bible it talks about God giving us an ‘inheritance’. It’s a little mind-bending, but the (very) serious suggestion seems to be that we take part in God’s rule over the earth. The inheritance is His personality: us getting in on it. The gifts He gives us aren’t coincidences – they are a part of His character. We are how He looks over and tends for this planet. And doesn’t that just blow your mind!

What Now?
Read the whole of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. Maybe have a quick scan over the
things that people have said you’re good at. Do any of them seem like ‘talents’?

‘…His…riches…in the saints’ Ephesians 1:18 NKJV

Joy Ferdiz

May 9th, 2014

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