Week 17: Developing your gifts - How do I develop my gift?
S: Matt 25:14 -29 (16 – 17) – NIV
16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.
O: The development and use of our gift glorifies God, this is the return He expects on his investment in us. When you start the process of developing your gift, there is much to be gained beside the advancement of the talent itself. By putting the talent to work you gain experience, enhance your skill, build relationships, and the talent appreciates in value. When you start to develop and grow you also quickly learn the principles that govern growth; these are the power of focus, discipline, tenacity and consistency. Take for example an 11 year old boy who committed to becoming a great pianist. In taking lessons, attending concerts and studying successful musicians on the journey to becoming proficient, he realised the value of these principles and how they are of great benefit to his journey. The level of benefit others can receive from your gift is determined by your development of your gift. The truth is that most, if not all want to be a product of or produce quality and it will take the investment of time and money to make this happen.
- Investment of time – it takes time to develop anything so we have to be willing to invest our time and stay the course.
- Investment of money – we also need money because this gives us access to key resources that are relevant to our development process. Sometimes this can help speed up the process of learning-but there are no shortcuts.
We have to be confident in the confidence God has in us to make good of the gift He has given us because He wouldn’t have given it to us if He didn’t believe in us. He gave the servants talent according to the ability (Verse 15). #Selah
A: Do that one thing that will develop your talent; there is no other way to put it. Start investing now!
P: Thank you Lord for the gifts and talents you have placed in me. Gives me the wisdom, faith and patience to develop my talents.