Gifts from God
Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 1, 2; Psalms 133, 134; Luke 22
Today’s Key Passage – Nehemiah 2:1-9
Nehemiah was distraught when he heard that the walls of Jerusalem had not yet been rebuilt. Walls were very important in Nehemiah’s time as they offered a city protection and security. When he heard about these things, he spent days fasting and praying and by the end he knew what he had to do – he needed to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls and restore the city. Nehemiah knew that God had given him a great gift in life – the gift of leadership. He wanted to use this gift to help rebuild the city both physically and spiritually. At the time, Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king, which meant he was in charge of the safety and quality of the king’s meals and drinks. Nehemiah knew that God had placed him in this position for exactly this time, and he used this gift of God to ask the king for permission to rebuild the city and to ask the king for help.
Every single person on this earth has been given gifts from God. That gift may be a talent like speaking or leading, or it may be that God has placed a person in a specific environment or position for a reason. God gives us gifts to serve Him and to further His kingdom, but not everyone uses his or her gifts for these purposes. Others spend years trying to determine what their gifts are and how to use them for God.
If you have found your gifts, use them for God’s work. Find an outlet to serve Him and then take action. If you are not sure of your gifts yet, keep praying and God will show you how you can help and what you can do for His Kingdom. As long as we always keep our eyes on Him, we can use our individual gifts to bring Him glory and honor in everything we do.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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