There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.– 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
A church pastor received a Christmas card with a note in it from a lady in his congregation. She was very complimentary about his preaching, and even compared him with Billy Graham. She finished by writing, “I think you are one of the really great preachers of all time.”
Later that day, he showed the note to his wife. She asked, “Who is that woman?” He replied, “She’s a very intelligent woman in the congregation who loves great preaching.” He then asked his wife, “How many great preachers do you suppose there really are in the world?”
She replied, “One less than you think.”
It’s easy sometimes to allow compliments to go to our heads. But one of the real marks of spiritual maturity is being able to acknowledge your strengths while maintaining a posture of humility. It’s a delicate balance, but one that has to be kept.
Don’t be afraid to recognize your gifts and talents. But never forget who gave them to you. Do everything you do to God’s glory, and make sure He gets the credit for your success!
Thank God today for the gifts and talents He’s given you.
Questions for thought
What are you really good at doing?
How have you seen God use your gifts and talents for His glory in the past? And how can He use them in the future?