Questions worthy of our answers:
- Where would you be if Jesus chose to steward His resources as you are stewarding yours?
- What are you doing with your life? How are you leveraging your resources, your free time, and your talents to see salvation come to others?
- Are you using your gifts, your time, and your opportunities to enrich yourself, or to bless the world with the knowledge of Jesus?
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 152
The truth is that you’re not what you do. You have God-given natural talents, Holy Spirit endowed gifts, and unique abilities. You also have duties, but these duties did not define you, because your identity is not determined by what you do. Rather, who you are in Christ helps you faithfully pursue your duties and use your abilities without them becoming the essence of your dignity and identity.
– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 8
Pastors and teachers are not cruise directors who provide venues for everyone to channel all of their gifts and energies to the church, but they are deliverers of the message of Christ (Colossians 1:28-29)
– Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 230
Guilt also stifles self-confidence. Perhaps you have been programmed to feel guilty for having special gifts of power or skills. Those are gifts from God, and you should not feel guilty about them. Perhaps you feel you constantly fail to achieve God’s high standards. Perhaps your personal appearance or a physical handicap bothers you. If you cannot change these things, accept them. Start by accepting yourself just as you are.
– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 220