2/29/16: No Matter What, Use Your Gifts
We find in the book of Genesis the story of the life of Joseph. He had a rough time. He was hated by his brothers because of their father’s favoritism toward him, sold by them into slavery in Potiphar’s house in Egypt, hoodwinked by his master’s raunchy wife, and thrown into prison. Yet, through all of this, God had His hand on Joseph and gave him favor every step of the way. He rose to be overseer of Potiphar’s house, then he rose to be overseer of all the prisoners who were imprisoned with him.
If we had reached this point with Joseph, we probably would have long since despaired of our faith and definitely would have given up on ministry. But not Joseph. When Pharaoh’s butler and baker were imprisoned and woke up sad one morning after troubling dreams, Joseph stepped in to help out. Genesis 40:8 (NKJ) tells us they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.” Joseph went on to correctly interpret these guys’ dreams and this act eventually led to his release and elevation once again.
It’s strange about talents and gifts sometimes. When we don’t have them, we want them; and when we do have them, we’re reluctant to operate in them. This look at Joseph reminds us that no matter the circumstances, God’s giftings within us are to be used. We need to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts open and sensitive to our surroundings so that when our gifts and talents are needed, we’re there, willing and confident to exercise them.
This, of course, presupposes that you know what your gifts are. If you don’t know, I challenge you today to search the Scriptures for the lists of spiritual gifts (or ask your pastor) and ask God to reveal the special areas of giftedness He’s entrusted to you. If you know your gifts, I challenge you to get busy working in them.
Let’s stop being gift hoarders. Gifts are not possessions; they are always meant to be given away.
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