“If your gift is service, devote yourself to serving. If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching.If your gift is encouragement, devote yourself to encouraging. The one giving should do it with no strings attached. The leader should lead with passion. The one showing mercy should be cheerful.” (Romans 12:7-8)
Have you ever noticed others around you taking the credit for something you created, an idea you shared with them or advice you gave? If you’re a creative, productive person seeking to make a difference in the world around you, I would expect that you have experienced this more than your fair share of times.
Some may ask if they should make others aware of their situation and I would suggest that it is rarely worth the time spent even contemplating it.
We’re all given gifts and talents to share with the world and specifically, those around us who can benefit from our help the most. We’re called not to expect any type of reward or acknowledgement for sharing our gifts because that’s exactly what we were created to do – share.
The minute we start expecting something in return for doing the right thing is also the moment our gift can be changed or taken from us. Gifts and talents are to be used for His glory, not ours.
If we allow our egos to get in the way of His plan for our lives, we’re just wasting our gifts and denying someone else an amazing blessing.
God will always bless you in more ways than you can ever imagine when you listen to His voice instead of your own. Use your gifts wisely and share them freely.