Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 1 Peter 4 : 10
LISTEN: We all are created to fulfill the will of God. That is why He created us with great endowments to achieve that purpose. He created everyone with something to benefit and serve others with. We are made to be useful to God and man. That you have not yet discovered your talents does not mean you do not have one. No one is created empty of God’s grace. God created us with certain abilities to do certain things well. The problem is that you are too afraid to try out your potentials. Beloved, you are gifted! Do not be intimidated by others who appears to be better than you are. You are created with special abilities. So be confident of yourself and explore your potentials. Besides, be prepared to serve with it because God will hold you accountable at the end of your earthly life.
Beloved, we all have received one or more talents from God, therefore, should serve with what we have received. Our verse of the day says, ”Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” (1 Peter 4 : 10). Whatever gift you have from God, use it well to the blessing of man and to the glory of God. Do not despise your gifts (talents). No gift from God is too small to be seen as unimportant. Besides, no divine gift or talent is too small to impact life. There are people out there in desperate need of your gifts, so serve with what you have. God’s word enjoins us to serve one another with our talents (gifts). Therefore, do not be stingy with, or despise yours. Whichever way God has gifted you, try to serve others with it. (see Romans 12 : 6 – 8). Beloved, serve and keep serving. Do not forget that you cannot fully discover yourself until you have sold yourself to the service of God and humanity.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to serve others with your gifts to the glory of God.
2. Discover, develop and use your gifts to serve God and man.
3. Do not despise your gifts and area of strength, instead, use it cheerfully.
4. Do not be envious of others, instead, be an example of goodness to them.
Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your goodness and generosity towards us. You created me with talents to serve my generation, therefore, help me to be a good steward of your grace, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, do not neglect, or despise your God-given abilities, instead, serve God and humanity with what you have.
Daily Reflection: Serve with your talent(s), for no one is created empty of them. God created everyone with something to benefit and serve others with.
Daily Quote: God’s gifts are precious, and no divine gifts or talents are too small to impact life.
Today In History: January 17, 1773 Captain James Cook becomes the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle.
Say This: Today, I confess that I am endowed with divine gifts to serve others to the glory of God. Therefore, I will not be inactive anymore, but active in the use of my gifts, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, you are blessed beyond measure. As you serve with your gifts, may God take you higher and higher in life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact: Did you know that the most common mental illnesses are anxiety and depression?