Your Gifts Don't Work for You; You Work for Your Gifts

We all have some ability that just comes naturally to us. This natural ability makes us, well… naturally good at something. We call it a gift or talent, and most believe it is something God-given.

But, while the gift is given to us, its benefits are meant for others.

Yes, it’s true; we do receive significant benefits also. All gifts and talents, however, come with an obligation or duty to utilize them for the good of our neighbor. 

Are you a natural born leader? Naturally charismatic? Smart as a whip? Uncommonly disciplined? Strong? Quick? Creative? Persuasive? Persistent?

Congratulations: the gift is your reward. 
Warning: the gift is also your responsibility.

Here’s what I want you to catch. The gift doesn't slavishly work for you; you work as a steward for the gift.

As the Proverbs suggest, if you work on your gifts, they will make a place for you. A man’s gift does make room for him – as long as he continues to do the necessary work of stewarding it.