How are you using your God-given gifts? Are you operating out of selfish ambition or using your talents to serve others?
James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
Oftentimes, we focus too much on our own needs instead of on how we can help others in order to achieve a desired result, and not necessarily the place where God wants us to be. Then we grow angry when nothing seems to be working out in our favor.
We were created to serve and should aspire to help others in need so we can have a positive impact in the world, like Jesus. But when we operate out of selfishness, we hinder our ability to be elevated in accordance with God’s perfect plan for our lives.
In Matthew 17, Jesus exercised the greatest form of humility by agreeing to pay a temple tax he was exempt from in an effort to avoid confusion. Jesus had every right to refuse making a payment, but he chose to modify his behavior so those who didn’t quite understand wouldn’t be impacted.
As children of the Most High, we must also make sacrifices for the sake of others. This may entail refraining from doing something you have a right to do or shifting your motivation solely out of love and consideration for others. And when you do so, your gifts will follow.
If you’re ready to experience a shift in your life, I invite you to get a copy of my teaching titled, “A Lesson From A Fish.” This message will demonstrate how changing your motivation and your heart and dedicating your life to serving others unlocks the door for God’s promises to manifest in your life.
Submit your life to service so God can make the ordinary extraordinary.
Living In Grace and Peace,
Dr. Derek Grier
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