Daily Devotional

February 13, 2019

Using Your Talents

Proverbs 22:29
    Do you see a man skillful in his work?
        He will stand before kings;
        he will not stand before obscure men.


Historically when someone is brought before a king or political leader, it’s usually because of some sort of accolade. Whether they are a master artist, a national championship team, or a humanitarian—there’s typically a compelling reason why the leader is interested in spending time with them. A president or king likely isn’t going to host a special gathering to meet with the country’s most average team or mediocre scientist—that right is reserved for the best.

The academic, athletic, professional, and artistic skills that we have been blessed with can open opportunities for us to serve and love others. Like our spiritual gifts, our talents have been given to us, not just for our sake, but for the purpose of others. Our abilities can also lead to opportunities for influence, which provides us with the proximity to various individuals and groups of people that others may not have the chance to invest in.

Could it be that the reason you’re a lawyer, writer, athlete, chef, accountant, or sales rep be a lot bigger than the idea that it’s something you earned? What if we began viewing our talents as a way that God has equipped us to bless others?

19-Devo-2.13Thought of the day: How can you use your natural talents and opportunities they afford to serve others? What scenarios do you find yourself in that sets you apart from those around you?

Prayer: God, thank You for the talents and abilities You gave me. Allow me to see the opportunities to love others that those talents allow me to have. I want to love You and others in every place I find myself.

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