Deuteronomy 16: Use Your Spiritual Gifts
God has blessed us in so many ways. There is no way to deny that whatsoever.
However, Deuteronomy 16 reminds us that we need to also be willing to give back to God.
Deu 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:
Deu 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.
I think that we can easily talk about financial issues here, and I am sure that it would be just as relevant. However, I want to try some are giving our talents and taking advantage of the gifts that God has given us.
First of all, we are met with the image that no one should appear before the Lord empty. Why should we be empty if God has provided for us?
Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
From the perspective I’m taking in this passage, this would be comparable to saying that I can’t be active in any type of ministry because I have no talent. We all know that that is false. Everybody is good at something. For example, I am not much of a preacher and I really can’t sing very well, but I run the computer system at our church and write this blog the rest of the week.
God has given me talents in those areas, so I should be willing to use those for His honor.
Now, the next verse says that every man should give as he is able.
God is not calling us to do everything. First of all, we would get overloaded and not do any of it well, but, like I just wrote, we are only good at certain things. We can absolutely practice to improve others and may develop new talents as we gain experience, but we should take advantage of what we are good at to best serve God.
1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
This is exactly what I was talking about. We all have different talents, but they all come from God, and they all can be used to glorify God. Again, why shouldn’t we use them?
So, I know that is a little different take on this passage, but I hope I have at least got you excited about doing something for God. He definitely has blessed you as much as He has blessed me, and we will have the responsibility to utilize those gifts.