Today’s Scripture: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. Matthew¬†25:25

Imagine for a moment that you are given a gift…it is curiously wrapped but has a note on it saying “please open me!” Covered in newspaper, rubber bands, Post-it-Notes and various other everyday items, you look skeptically at the gift and set it aside. After all, how important could it be if it is wrapped in such a fashion? Little do you know that inside that rejected package is a gift that could change your life if you would only open it.

Among the everyday tasks God has enabled us to perform, there are special talents each individual possesses. Unfortunately, those unique gifts from God often get lost in the shuffle of life. As a result of business, stress and self-doubt, they are often thrown away -never to be used to their full potential.

Each one of us has a calling from the Lord to be an obedient servant. However, the Lord created each person with a specific set of talents to be used for His glory and honor. If we simply ask Him to show us what it is He has called us to do, He will enable us to use our gifts to their fullest and lay them down at His feet.

Maybe you do not know how to use your gifts. There’s a chance that you look at yourself in the mirror and think, ‘the only gift I have is being able to turn oxygen into carbon-dioxide‘. Friend, there is so much out there for you to do for the cause of Christ.

There are no throw-aways in the kingdom of God. You may be able to clean a church bathroom like ‘Mr. Clean’ or you could have the ability to create encouraging hand-made cards for those that are hurting. Never look at the qualities you possess and consider them worthless or go through life too afraid to use them. What’s your calling? Find out. Seek the Lord and ask Him to help you open your gift.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder