Gifted

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Daily Reformation, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

From the Reformer

And although this is especially the duty of those who are commanded to preach God’s Word, yet every Christian is also obligated to do so when time and place demand. For we must for the holy Name of God risk and give up all that we have and can do, and show by our deeds that we love God and His Name, His honor and His praise above all things, and trust Him above all things, and expect good from Him; thereby confessing that we regard Him as the highest good, for the sake of which we let go and give up all other goods.

—Martin Luther, Treatise on Good Works

Pulling It Together

“I am no one special and have no abilities at all.” How many Christians mumble these sad words. Yet God promised to give each believer a special gift to be used for his kingdom. (Rom 12:3-8) Is God then a liar? Of course not; the persons who say that they have nothing to offer are the ones holding back the truth.

How do you tell the good news that the kingdom is at hand? Is your gift employed in telling the news? Or do you insist, “No one listens to me anyway, so I will not speak”? Use the gift God gave you and you will have opportunity to testify in such a way that people cannot help but notice. What a privilege God gave when he gifted you!

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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