November 30, 2016

Read Colossians 3:15-16; 4:2

I thought she loved it.  When she opened the package containing the down vest with the fur lined hood, she seemed so excited.  But when she brought her winter clothes home from the dorm, I saw that the tags were still on it.  Disappointing.  I had so carefully picked it out.  Not the first time it’s happened and probably not the last.

Saying “thank you” is important, but perhaps the most sincere way to show gratitude is to actually use the gift.  Wear the outfit.  Redeem the gift card.  

What about the gift(s) God has given us?  He has just as carefully picked it out, and it has a purpose. Not to be left in the box and forgotten.  Not to be put on a shelf to be admired.  Not to be compared to the gifts our friends have.  This gift is to be used in service to Him and others.  Unlike gifts we receive from friends and family, this gift can never be used up, but in fact, increases with use.  “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”  I Peter 4:10.

As you consider your blessings this season, don’t forget to do more than say “thank you” for your spiritual gift, remembering that actions speak louder than words.