2 Timothy 1:7 God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.
Serwah had been rehearsing all week and she knew the words of the song backwards; that wasn’t her problem. Achiaa had helped her with the dance steps and everyone at home had said the choreography was lovely; again not her problem. Her problem was the scores of people seated in their Sunday best waiting for the talent show to begin. What if they didn’t like her performance? What if they booed her off the stage? Serwah suddenly felt sick at the thought of it. Mama came up from behind, hugged her and said, “I know it’s a little scary to do new things – sometimes even things you’ve been doing for years, but know this; God gave you a special gift called life and He wants you to go out and live it in a big, bold way so everyone will see how awesome He is. Do you think you can do that honey?” Serwah drew herself up, smiled shyly and walked on to the stage.
A lot of people don’t recognise that they have gifts, but we all do. Even if you’re yet to identify the one that makes you unique, know that life itself is a gift. God isn’t asking Christians to take a back seat in life – not at all. He wants us to the centre of it all so we can influence those around us and bring them to Christ.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Be bold with your life; get out there and shine the love of Christ into people’s lives. God wants us to take a sensible stand for Him, so assess the situation and prepare, but don’t shrink back. That’s not the Christian point of view.
Think About This
Do you sometimes walk away from situations where you could shed Christian light because of fear? How can you encourage yourself to be bold?
I know You’ve given me all I need to succeed already, but sometimes when I look at what I’m up against it gets a little scary. I know you want me to be bold and loving and sensible, please help me remember that. In Jesus name I pray. Amen