In the process of gift buying for Christmas, birthdays, and other special days we frequently overlook the best gift of all—the gift of ourselves. We are more than only musicians. We are people who love and are loved by God. Let’s use everything we have and everything we are to share that love with the world around us.
Here is an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional to get us thinking about the kinds of gifts we should be giving on a daily basis:
Use All Your Gifts
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
Christian musicians are often extremely gifted people. The gift of music stands out because people see it every time we play. Our musical talent is so prominent that many people cannot see beyond the one gift. So, we frequently get pigeon-holed into only doing music. But God has most often given us more than one gift, talent, or ability. It is not enough to use only the gift of music well to the detriment of developing our other gifts.
Picture a child opening his presents at a birthday party. There is always one toy that gets immediate attention. This toy is played with even before all the other gifts are unwrapped. The gift givers know that eventually all the gifts will be opened, but their gifts may be stored, unused in a toy box. Whenever a gift is given but not used, the gift giver experiences disappointment. Is that how we want to treat our ultimate gift giver, God?
God does not randomly give gifts. He chooses which gift to give each person carefully. When God gives gifts, it is for the benefit of the whole body of Christ. If we are not using all the gifts He has given us, the body is missing out. Be an excellent musician, but do not allow yourself to be defined only by your gift of music. Use all your other gifts just as excellently.
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your gifts to me. Show me how to use all of them well to help grow Your kingdom.
This article is an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional.
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