Today's Promise : A Daily Devotional
February 2, 2014
Using Our Abilities
"Why is it that He gives us these special abilities to do certain things best? It is that God's people will be equipped to do better work for Him, building up the church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity; until finally we all believe alike about our salvation and about our Savior, God's Son, and all become full-grown in the Lord - yes, to the point of being filled full with Christ" (Ephesians 4:12,13).
We would be poor stewards if we ignored the special abilities the Holy Spirit has given to us.
We must use our abilities to glorify Christ, not to glorify ourselves, or some other person, or even to glorify the gift itself.
Peter says, "Are you called to preach? Then preach as though God Himself were speaking through you" (1 Peter 4:11). Do you possess musical ability? Share it with the rest of Christ's family. Peter goes on, "Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies, so that God will be glorified through Jesus Christ - to Him be glory and praise forever and ever."
We have the obligation to use our God-given abilities in a scriptural manner to help equip others for Christian service. The apostle Paul writes that spiritual gifts are given "for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12, NAS).
In order to live supernaturally, it is important for us always to exercise our abilities in the power and control of the Holy Spirit - never through our own fleshly efforts.
Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:11-16
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: My motivation for using my spiritual gift(s) and abilities will be solely to glorify Christ through helping to equip other members of His body to be more effective and fruitful for Him.