Daily Devotional – 12/9/13 “Your gift is bigger than you!”

On last night I was reminded, by Bishop Brandon Porter, that our gifts are bigger than we are. See, when God gives us gifts or talents, it is done so that it is used for the building up of His people. Yea, I know you thought the gift you have was given to you because of you but baby it’s not about you at all. Nawl, see; God gave you the gift of cooking so that you could feed somebody who can’t afford to feed themselves for Isaiah 58:10 says, “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” God gave you the gift of fashion and clothes so that you could clothe those who are in need for Hebrews 13:16 say, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” He gave you the gift of singing so that you can minister through music for Psalm 105:2 say, “Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!” He gave you the gift of teaching so that you can reach those who want to learn for 1st Timothy 4:13 says, “Until I come, be diligent in reading, in prayer and in teaching.” He gave you the gift of listening so that you may be a leaning post for those who need to talk for James 1:19 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” He gave you the gift of ministry so that you can minister His word through His word for 2nd Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”

Yea, I know its gets hard sometimes because you feel like you’re used out but keep going. I know it sometimes gets tedious and your hands get tired but keep sowing. I know your feet get tired from going here and there but keeping walking. You may get tired because it seems like no one is listening but keep talking. Why? Well that’s because your gift isn’t about you but it’s about the one that gave it to you. Your gift is bigger than you and when you realize this, you’ll use it better. Stop allowing your gift to become familiar but find something new to do with it so that you may reach those you need to reach. Know this; God only gives us things that will benefit Him. Yea, you may get benefits from it but that’s simply a bonus.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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