Word 4U Today



‘A bribe seems like a jewel to the one who gives it.Wherever he turns, he prospers’ Proverbs 17:8 GW

Here, Paul is speaking of ‘the gift of God’ in you (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NIV).

It isn’t something you learn; it’s something He gives you, and nobody else can activate it for you.

You ‘stir’ it up by developing and using it. Solomon said, ‘A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whither-soever it turneth, it prospereth.’(Prov. 17:8 NKJV)

It means that your gift will prosper wherever it goes! Your gift will enrich many different areas in your life, not just the money-making ones.

While money is the wrong reason to devote your life to something, developing your God-given gift is rewarding on so many levels.

Unfortunately, many people are jealous of other people’s gifts.

Don’t waste time on jealousy; it’s a gift-robber and an energy-drainer.

Besides, you should be so busy stirring up your own gift that you’ve no time for envy.

When Louis Armstrong auditioned for music school, he was asked to sing scales. But he could only sing two notes properly, so they rejected him.

Armstrong cried when he was turned away, but later told his friends, ‘There’s music in me and they can’t keep it out.’

Consequently, he went on to become one of the world’s most successful, beloved musicians, selling more records than others who were more talented.

We’re all born originals, but many of us settle for becoming photocopies.

Think: if you become like everybody else and join the rat race, even if you do win, that just makes you a big rat!

Your gift will make room for you (Proverbs 18:16). So go ahead and fill the slot God designed for you.

What now?

If you’ve never shown anyone one of your talents, do it. Whether that means going to your friend and saying ‘did you know I can lick my elbow?’ or going to your worship leader and saying ‘I think I’d like to be in the band’, it doesn’t matter. Share your gemstone with the world.

Joy Ferdiz

December 15th, 2013

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