by Bethany Wouters, MHS Senior Editor
I will be the first to admit that I lack initiative. I can see a problem and know that I should be doing something to fix it, but I am usually, if never, the first person to step up and take action before being asked to. There are many people in this world that are great at going above and beyond what they know is required of them. I am not one of those people.
Growing up, I was complacent. I have always been a fairly smart girl, typically found with my head in a book that had a comprehension level years above my grade, but I didn’t have a desire to ensure a prosperous future for myself. I was lazy — though I still struggle with laziness today — and lacked ambition. I would not do my homework until the day it was due, and even then I’d just copy the answers from one of my friends because I didn’t want to take the time to actually think for myself. I was in advanced classes, but that didn’t mean anything to me.
Long story short, I was not a good steward of the gifts God had given me.
In his first epistle, Peter writes, “As each one has received a gift, minister to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). While this is mainly speaking of spiritual gifts, like teaching, prophecy, or faith, it can be applied to life today.
What has God blessed you with? Do you have a job? Are you currently involved in a ministry? Do you have a family and/or friends? Take time to ask yourself what God has allowed you to partake of, and whether or not you’re doing your part in being effective for the Kingdom. How are you using the gifts God has given you? Are you fervently praying and seeking the Lord, asking for Him to grow His gifts so you can bless others? Or are you withholding spiritual blessings by being complacent in your faith? Are you being diligent at work, getting tasks done both well and on time? How well are you representing Christ here on earth?
God has allowed you to have certain things in your life so you can give them back to Him. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”. Everything that we do and say is supposed to be done unto the Lord. Shouldn’t be doing our very best, since that is what He has always done for us? Never once has God given us less than His absolute best; why do we choose to give anything else back to Him? (I am speaking to myself, here. I’m guilty of everything I’ve just written.)
It is my prayer that as we continue to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33), we would desire to be excellent in everything we do, and continually give the Lord our absolute best. It is okay if you have not been the best steward of His precious gifts. Start now. Ask the Lord to give you a new vision of His will for you, and pursue His blessings with all fervor.