Have a Talent?

Years ago we had a young woman in our church very gifted on the piano. At the time, we were in great need for musicians in worship and so I asked her if she would play. Most of the time I asked, however, she declined because of the stressful memories she had from performing on the piano as a kid. At first I let this go but then realized that more was at stake than just her memories.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10–11

Our gifts and talents aren’t given to us merely for our pleasure and enjoyment. They are given for the glory of God and as a gift to God’s people for service in the Kingdom of God. So if you have a talent out there but find yourself making excuses, for whatever reason, let this passage reshape your perspective. I can think of at least a few talented musicians in our midst that aren’t yet playing in worship, and many talented teachers who aren’t teaching our children. If these aren’t your gifts, then what are they and how are you investing them in the church? Every believer has a spiritual gift.

Remember, your gifts aren’t meant just for you. They are a gift to all of us.