Week 16: Wednesday

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What are my talents for?

Kenneth Cobonpue reminds us of three questions about life that we should ask ourselves:

“Who am I?”

“What am I good at?”

“What on earth am I here for?”

It is important to know what we are good at, but it is also important to know WHY we have been entrusted with those skills, talents, and abilities.

Let’s read what the Bible has to say about our talents and skills:

 Ephesians 4:11

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers … 

Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians that our skills and abilities come from God. He has entrusted every skill, talent, and ability to us for a greater purpose, perhaps a greater plan that we do not completely understand at the moment.

 Let us read what Paul wrote to the church of Corinth:

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

There are many gifts but it is the same Spirit that is working through us. Knowing this, we should not have a mindset that compares talents, saying that one is higher or better than another talent. On the other hand, we too should not consider lowly or inadequate the gifts God has given to us.  Once again, God has entrusted every talent to us for a greater purpose beyond ourselves.

Paul mentions in his epistle to the Ephesians:

Ephesians 4:1

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Our duty then is to take care of our God-given talents, striving always to better and improve ourselves.

In this video, we see a three year old boy that he uses his skill to serve other people. Very simple and innocent task yet it touched peoples lives because at a young age he has a purpose for his skills.

 

At the end of the day, ask yourself: “What did I do today that improved my life? What did I do today that improved the lives of those around me?”
“They are an intriguing people. From the moment they wake they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seem such discipline. I am surprised to learn that the word Samurai means, ‘to serve.’” Nathan Algren (The Last Samurai 2003)
 
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