“Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.” NIV
1 Timothy 4:14
Recently I made a decision that has the potential to change my life in dramatic ways. It’s not easy for me to choose to do things for myself. Years ago my friend Staci helped me to get better at that and I’m forever grateful to her! Lately I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my working life and decided I really don’t want to work in finance any more. I want to pursue the giftings God has placed in me. After much deliberation, prayer and consultation, I registered myself for the John Maxwell Speaker and Life Coach Certification Course because I want to become a Talent-Plus person!
I’ve been greatly influenced by the writings of John C. Maxwell. I see the principles in his books all throughout scripture. The teachings in John’s book, Talent Is Never Enough1 emphasize the truth of 1 Timothy 4:14. Paul taught us through his writings that we all have been given gifts from God to be used for the benefit of the body. In the scripture above, Paul is encouraging Tim, the young minister to not neglect his gift, and in Paul’s second letter to his young protégé, Paul encourages Tim to “stir up the gift” or “fan it into flame” (2 Timothy 1:6 NIV/ KJV). Paul is encouraging Timothy to become a Talent-Plus person.
God desires for you to be Talent-Plus person. Take a good look at your life and don’t neglect your gift! ‘Stir it up’ by taking the time to develop the gift God has given you, for His glory.
Father…I thank-you for the gifts and talents you have placed in my life. Sometime they seem so small and insignificant in my eyes. Help me to see their purpose in Your plan so I understand their value. Show me how I should be working to develop the gifts You’ve given me. In Jesus Name…Amen
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1 Maxwell, John C. Talent Is Never Enough © (P) 2007 Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN Abridged Audiobook