“Different people contribute in different ways,” said the senior fraternity brother in a meeting years ago as we discussed whether or not to initiate a certain pledge. So it is with the variety of talents God has given us, and yes, we each have something to give.
We can give our money and our time to the church and charity, be a friend, do volunteer work, or be a peacemaker, teacher, or minister. We may give unselfishly of our time. Paul said it this way:
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
In his Parable of the Talents, Jesus taught that we must use our gifts wisely. Each of us has unique gifts and abilities and each of our contributions are equally important. Luke 6:38 tells us give to others and God will give to you. . . .The measure you use for others God will use for you.
Like the freshman fraternity brother, we can contribute in our own way. Let’s resolve today to take inventory of our gifts and talents and be sure we are using them for the betterment of God’s kingdom.
Written by BB Hosch
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