Do you know someone graduating from high school or college? The invitations and announcements are pouring into our house every day. Not only is my son, Sam, graduating, but a lot of his friends are as well. We also have friends graduating from college. These are major accomplishments worthy of celebrating.
People have already begun sending Sam graduation presents. I can assure you, when each one arrives, he willingly receives it. He doesn’t just set it aside on a shelf and say, “That was so nice of them to send me a gift.” He’s a teenager. He tears into the gift, eager to see what it is and how he can use it.
We’re all given gifts from the Father. We don’t all have the exact same gift. God knows what our future holds. He knows where we’re going and He selects the perfect gift for us and what we’ll face.
In Romans 12:6-8 Paul says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” We, too, are to open the gift God gives us and put it to use. It doesn’t do us any good to have a gift from God and not use it.
Hebrews 13:20-21 says the Lord will equip us to do His work. If you’re feeling like you’re in a situation you can’t handle, you might need to look into your heart and see if there are any unopened gifts sitting around. God won’t call you to something He hasn’t equipped you for, even if it feels like He has.
If God’s given you a gift, He’s done so for a reason. He wastes nothing. Is there something in your life that needs opening? What is it? Do you see a way to use it today?