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We all know the common excuses people make at times when it pertains to the work of the church. If we were to list them in order of their most frequent use they would fall as follows:

1. l don’t have the time.
2. I don’t have the talent.
3. l don’t have the opportunity.

I would like to address one that l have heard more often than l would like: I don’t have the talent. Notice what the Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10-11, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.”

Notice some simple phrases in this passage of Scripture. “As each one has received a gift…” Peter understands something that we must as well. There are none within the church who do not possess some gift or talent that can be used. Peter does not say, “If one receives a gift…” He says, “each one has received a gift…” Therefore, everyone has something to offer. Moreover. Peter continues to say, “minister it to one another, as good stewards…” Since you have something to offer, God expects you to use it to minister, that is, to provide for either the physical or spiritual need of others.

So. the next time you think that you have nothing to offer to this congregation or any for that matter–think again! Everyone has a gift. Although some have the ability to minister to one’s spiritual needs, there are those who possess the gift to minister to one’s physical needs. Each and every talent and ability present within the church is vital; and when neglected to be utilized, the church suffers and is weakened. Therefore, let us conclude, no more excuses! Use the gifts God has graciously given to you, to not only build up and grow the church, but also to bring glory to an Almighty God to whom we owe everything! By all means, never discard or disregard your value to this congregation. You are necessary! You are needed!

Jeremy Tucker
Dexter, MO
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