September 6, 2016

Giving Your Gift the Attention it Deserves


“Neglect not the gift that is in you…” These are the words of the apostle Paul to Timothy over 2000 years ago, and we can still learn from these same words and apply them to our lives today.

Three quarters of those in institutional 'church' have no idea what their spiritual gifts are, so many become casualties to their calling.

Each and every one of us is born with a God given gift. If you know what your gift is, or once you have discovered your gift, please do not neglect it. Neglecting your gift is like neglecting your health, it will ultimately cause you unnecessary pain and suffering. 

Did you know that everything that you have asked for and desired is locked in your gift? 

People who are good at something become great at something because they recognize that their good at it and give themselves wholly to it. In other words they Meditate on it. Focus on it. Eat, sleep and live their gift. 

In 1 Timothy 4: 14, Paul gives Timothy a little tip. He tells him to, “Neglect not the gift that is in you…” In other words, take proper care of your gift, do not disregard it, and give it the proper attention it deserves. Shouldn't you do the same?

The greatest athletes, entertainers, CEO's, etc. go to great pains, spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars to master their gift. They hire coaches, consultants, experts and trainers. They buy books, attend classes and conferences, all in an effort to give the gift God has given them the attention it deserves. 

At the same time, highly skilled and talented athletes can lose their abilities if their muscles aren’t toned by constant use. Likewise, we can lose or become stagnant in the expression of our gift if we do not give it the attention it deserves. 

Our gifts, calling and talents are improved by exercising them, using them consistently in our everyday lives. Failing to use them causes them to waste away.

The apostle Paul said the following to the believers in Rome, "If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give 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." Romans 12:7-8

Giving your gift the attention it deserves does not mean everything will be perfect or that you won’t make mistakes along the way, it does however mean that if you give it the proper attention, you will become skilled and proficient at it. 

Your gift is integral to your personal development as well as the development of others, but more importantly, it is needed to complete or complement the body of Christ.

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