Initially, when I think of stewardship, I think of money—saving it, spending it, sharing it. And being a good steward with the financial resources the Lord has given us IS very important.
But then, I read a devotion focused on being good stewards of the gifts and talents the Lord has given us. Though I had never thought of it this way, it makes perfect sense. We are servants of Christ and therefore stewards of the mysteries of God, the gospel, and the gifts and talents He’s given us.
Do you ever think about that? Do you ever consider your talents? Or maybe (in your humility) you don’t think they’re talents at all, but things you love doing and are “kind of” good at. Those are your gifts and you have been given them for a purpose.
God hasn’t haphazardly gifted you with a beautiful voice, a knack for numbers, or an eye for colors. He gave you those gifts in order to serve Him.
That doesn’t necessarily mean you must volunteer for the choir, offer your services to help with the church’s book-keeping, or lead the decorating committee. Using your gift to bless others and serve Him might not even happen in a church building.
Your beautiful voice may sing of God’s love as you rock your babies. Maybe your knack for numbers is used to run a business with integrity and honesty. Your eye for colors might give you an opportunity to help a friend decorate her home as you witness for the Lord and build a friendship that honors Him.
I don’t know what your gift is, but I do know that God entrusted you with it and that He expects you to be a faithful steward of it. Don’t be afraid to use it. Ask Him to guide you and show you how you can bless others with the talent He gave you.
Thank you for the gifts and talents you have blessed me with. Lord, I don’t want to sit on these gifts and hide them away. Help me be bold and courageous to use them for you. Show me the ways in which I can bless others with the gifts you’ve given me—in my home, in my relationships, in my church, in my community. Thank you for the unique talents you’ve given me and help me to be a good steward of them.
In Your will, through Your power, and for Your glory,