Do not neglect the gift you have

Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:11-16

Don’t ever think you are too young or too old to be used by God. We don’t know how young Timothy was but obviously young enough that Paul felt the need to tell Timothy not to let people use his youth against him. Paul goes on to tell Timothy not to neglect the gift he has. Paul does not mention Timothy’s gift, however I can guess that it may have been teaching or preaching. Whatever the gift Timothy was to not only practice the gift but immerse himself in the gift.

Now when was the last time you immersed yourself into one of your spiritual gifts let alone used them? I know I am guilty of letting my gifts sit and gather dust. I am reminded of a time when after completing a project everyone involved received a beautiful cut glass bowl with a plaque on it. I brought it home and it sits in the china cabinet. Beautiful but essentially useless. In fact we have maybe used it once or twice in the close to ten years I have had it.  Now on another occasion I received a pocket knife at the end of a project. That knife is well worn with use.

God gives us beautiful gifts but they are also useful gifts. We shouldn’t let God’s gifts to us sit in the china cabinet of life. We need to treat our gifts like that knife so when we stand before the Lord He will see them well worn with use. Then we can hear “well done.”

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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