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GUIDANCE

ASHLEY CRONEN

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

All of us have been gifted in different ways. Some of us excel in athletics, some in music, some in the arts, and still others in academics. As many of us have experienced, being gifted comes with a great deal of praise and accolades. Who doesn’t like to be recognized for a job well done? Getting praise for a job well done is not a bad thing at all, but at the end of the day, whom are you reflecting that praise towards? Is it God, the one who has gifted you, or are you taking the praise all for yourself? No matter what we do in life, God is worthy of our praise. The only reason we exist at all is because God created us to exist. The reason we are gifted at anything at all is because God gifted us and uniquely fashioned us to reflect his love to the world through those gifts. All of God’s gifts are worthy of praise, and whether we are scoring points for an athletic team, pastoring a church, entertaining people through the arts, engaging in politics, or coming up with new cures for cancer, we must all remember one thing—that is, “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17).

QUESTION 1. In what way do you feel that God has gifted you (e.g. athletic, creative, intelligent, funny, etc.)?
QUESTION 2. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being every time) How well do you do at reflecting Jesus Christ and giving him the praise for your gifts? How can you find ways to use your gifts to glorify and reflect Jesus and his love to (toward?) others?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to give God the praise for all that you do. Reflect the love of Jesus Christ with your gifts and never forget who gave you your gifts.