God Smiles When We Use Our Abilities

“He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do” (Psalm 33:15 MSG).

After the flood, God gave Noah these simple instructions: “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything” (Genesis 9:1,3 NIV).

God said, “It’s time to get on with your life! Do the things I designed humans to do. Make love to your spouse. Have babies. Raise families. Plant crops and eat meals. This is what I made you to be!”

You may feel that the only time God is pleased with you is when you’re doing “spiritual” activities like reading the Bible, attending church, praying, or sharing your faith, and that he is unconcerned about the other parts of your life. Actually, God enjoys watching everything you do, whether you are working, playing, resting, or eating. The Bible tells us, “The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Psalm 37:23 NLT).

God especially enjoys watching you use the talents and abilities he has given you. God intentionally gifted each of us differently for his enjoyment. You may be gifted at mechanics or mathematics or music or a thousand other skills. All of these activities can bring a smile to God’s face.

You don’t bring glory or pleasure to God by hiding your abilities or by trying to be someone else. You only bring him enjoyment by being you. Anytime you reject any part of yourself, you are rejecting God’s wisdom and sovereignty in creating you. God says, “You have no right to argue with your Creator. You are merely a clay pot shaped by a potter. The clay doesn’t ask, ‘Why did you make me this way?’” (Isaiah 45:9 CEV).


Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.


SIGN UP FOR PASTOR RICK’S FREE DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

SIGN UP FOR DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

Special Offer

bettertogether-gift-bottom-left

40 Days of Community Study Kit

Pastor Rick wants to help you learn how to develop deeper, and healthier relationships and that’s why he developed the 6-session DVD and workbook study kit called 40 Days of Community. In this series, Pastor Rick explains how to do life in relationship to other people. You’ll grow if you do this study independently, but it is a wonderful way to bring a few people together and start forming meaningful friendships!

REQUEST YOUR COPY

On the Radio

bettertogether-currentseries-bottom-right

Better Together, Complete Audio Series

There’s no way you can be all God wants you to be and fulfill the purposes that you were put on this planet to fulfill without any help. We need each other, and we belong to each other in the Body of Christ! In this series, Pastor Rick explains how to do life in relationship to other people.

Purchase this seriesListen to this series