“As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” – 1 Peter 4:10
I am blessed to come from a musical family. Growing up in church, there was always someone in my family in choir. My grandmother was the church pianist and led the choir. I was blessed to share in a small part of the gift of music. I play a few instruments (not very well) and I love to sing. I have spent some time in the church choir and other music ministries. My talent is limited, but I am always willing to share, especially when it comes to worship.
Part of my willingness to share comes from the encouragement I received from my grandmother, early in life. She gave me a small little sign that hung in my room for many years. This little sign read:
Your life is a gift from God
What you do with it is your gift to God
I took that small message to heart. I offered what I had to the Lord. I hope there were times those gifts helped others worship.
God has given each of us gifts and talents to use. These gifts are vehicles through which God’s grace is made known in this world. When we share our gifts, we truly make a difference in others’ lives. Using our talents, in service to others, allows our neighbors to see the love and hope of God at work in the world.
You are a gift from God. Your gift may not be music, but you were created by a God who loves you, to do good works (Ephesians 2:10). When you use your gifts and talents, you will not regret it. You will find joy and peace and meaning while serving God and others.
– Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship