I’ve often wondered if a gift could die. Like, if I could sing at 5 years old, then choose not to sing again till I was 21, would I still be able to sing? Or if I had the gift of healing but never used it, would it eventually go away?
OR! Do we have these gifts forever, whether we exercise them or not?
I was having devotion earlier this week, and I read where Paul tells Timothy to “exercise his godliness.” Timothy is one of my FAVORITE peeps in the Bible, because he was young and I relate to him on many levels, but I thought it interesting that Paul would give him this instruction. I mean it’s not like Timothy was lazy or anything, right? And wasn’t he using his gifts already?
When Paul told Timothy, “do not neglect your gift” (1 Tim 4:14), I believe he was stressing this importance to Timothy because of what was to come. Paul warned the church that false doctrine would come and that hypocritical liars were going to come. Times wouldn’t always be easy. But in that, believers couldn’t stop and become discouraged, rather they needed to press on and continue to walk in truth according to their callings.
Same goes for us! Using our gifts won’t always be easy. We will come across naysayers or we may become discouraged by circumstances or lack of support, but we can’t let those things cause us to back down and give up. Don’t shut down and get the “I don’t give a *bleep*” attitude!
1 Tim 4:16 says Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
So it turns out that neglecting your gifts & calling could not only result in the death of the gift, but also the death of another person.
1 Peter 4:10 each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms
So who’s at fault if a gift becomes dormant? Do you feel you’ve been neglecting a gift or a call? Let’s talk!