“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