How, Not What

it's how we use our gifts that matters, God gives different gifts, God gifts some people more than others, being faithful with our abilities
“Exceptional gifting, or the unusual blessing of God upon our lives or ministries, does not guarantee that we will remain faithful to the end.” Jerry Bridges(1) 

There is no better example of this than King Solomon. He had everything, and God had personally praised him for his choices early in his life. But in his later years, he turned away from God for the love of pagan women, pagan gods, and Egyptian horses!(2) 

His example warns us to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). 

Solomon proved that it’s not how many gifts we have that matters. It’s how we use the gifts we have (Colossians 3:23).On Judgment Day there will be great reward heaped on unknown men and women who gave their best to God.

Dear Lord, help us use the gifts you have given us fully, faithfully, and freely.
(1) Jerry Bridges, “Staying Faithful Through theYears: How Can You Keep Walking with God Throughout Your Life?” Discipleship Journal, No. 58.
(2) Kings 11:1-11; Deuteronomy 17:16; 1 Kings 10:26-28

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  1. I love Jerry Bridges! Good bless!

  2. Thanks, Clint, I visited your site...I don't know much about gardening, but it looks like a great site. I also enjoy Jerry Bridges.

  3. Gail, I'm really starting to fall in love with your one minute devotions.

    1. Thanks so much, Dawn! I was just talking about your excellent post about your mother-in-law with a friend today.

  4. Hello, I'm a first time visitor and I really enjoyed your devotion...Somethimes I think God holds back on our gifts or talents because we're not ready to use them according to His purpose..Everything happens on His timeline. ))smiles))

  5. Hi Gail - great reminder that no one is safe from falling. So grateful for posts like these that remind us to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts wide awake. God bless friend and thank you for linking your posts up. I have no doubt they are a blessing to many.

  6. It's so true. We can never let our guard down on our hearts. No matter how old and "wise" we become.


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