If you don’t exercise your muscles, they weaken and atrophy occurs.
In the same way, if you don’t utilise the abilities and gifts that God has given you, you will grow weak in them, and even lose them altogether.
In the Bible, Jesus taught the well known parable about three men that were each given different talents.
Referring to the servant that refused to use his one talent, Jesus said that his talent should be taken from him and given to the one that had ten talents.
Fail to use what you’ve been given and you’ll lose it; use what gifts you have been given and God will increase it.
Whatever gifts you have been given can be enlarged and developed through practice. For instance, no one gets the gift of teaching, fully developed but with study, feedback and practice, a good teacher can become a better teacher and then a great teacher and then a master teacher.
Don’t settle for a half-developed gift. Stretch yourself and learn all you can.
2 Timothy 2:15 ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.’
Like an athlete, preparing for that moment when they will be called upon to serve their country, so you and I should daily prepare for that opportunity that God will send our way so that we can use our gifts for Him.
God deserves my very best.
Use it or lose it.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.