It's the time of year when I extend invitations to our church family to teach and lead in our Education ministries. This passage that Paul writes to Timothy is a powerful message for all of us:
Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don't let anyone put you down because you're young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed-keep that dusted off and in use.
-1 Timothy 4:11-14, The Message
Everyone needs to be reminded that God creates us with a calling for each of our lives. Everyone is given gifts that need to be shared with the world.
Many of us have talents and gifts that no one knows about or that we use or share hesitantly. You have been given with many talents and abilities. They may be small or large. Whatever your gift may be, God can use it. Have you tucked them away? Have you developed your gifts for God to use?
My challenge for you this week is to dust them off and put them to use!
Prayer for Today
who are the light of the minds that know you,
the joy of the hearts that love you,
and the strength of the wills that serve you;
Open our minds, hearts and strength to use the gifts you have provided for us.
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.