Devo: Be like the dawn.

Dawn

Do you know what your gifts are? Paul encourages Timothy, who was a young guy trying to lead the newly founded church, to stir up the gifts he was given on a continual basis. Paul instructs him not to neglect the power of the Holy Spirit in his life.

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6

This was a reminder I need this week: Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. He gives good gifts to His children, and that means every gift He’s given me is intended for good.

We’ve all been given physical gifts and spiritual gifts. Have you ever thought of your ability to sing or draw or create videos or work with numbers as a gift from God with a purpose to share His love with the world around you?

God expects us to use the gifts He’s given us. (For more on the spiritual gifts God gives us, check out 1 Corinthians 12. We’ll get into those another day…)

Stir them up! Use what you’ve been given! Don’t neglect them. The strength of your light is required, because the darkness envelopes all that it can.

Be like the dawn; illuminate the darkness. Your gifts have been given to you for this purpose: To show Jesus to the broken in a way they can grasp. You are a customized emissary, and you’ve been armed with hope.

What are some ways you are using your gifts to share the love of God? Share your story in the comments below; it might inspire someone else.

– TD

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