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Use It or Lose It

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

I was over at a good friend's house the other day having him help me with my mountain bike.  I had tried to make some adjustments but they were futile and fruitless.  In layman's terms; my adjustments were incorrect and they had not corrected the issue with my bike.  So, rather than burning anymore brain cells I decided to ask someone who was very talented with working on every aspect of bicycles.

As my friend began to take his tools to my bike I attentively observed each adjustment he made and attempted to log it away for future reference.  After all, it would only be a matter of time before more adjustments were needed.  After several turns of the screwdriver in the precise location a metamorphosis seemed to be occurring.  What was unrideable earlier was now beginning to shift like a finely tuned piece of equipment, and yet there was still something troubling him.  It wasn't good enough as there was still something wrong.  

After about a half hour of taking everything apart and putting it back together he located another adjustment screw, one he hadn't turned yet.  He smiled and said, "Here is the issue."  He then said, "I should have known this, I must be getting a little rusty since I am not doing this all the time these days."  As my friend said this a light bulb seem to flash a word in my head—Rusty!

I immediately thought about how we all can become "rusty" in life.  We can become rusty in our work habits, or in our relationships as well.  It's not because we have totally forgotten the right way of doing things—it's just because we aren't utilizing the skills we have on a regular basis and we are not as proficient as we once were, or could be.  

I have found this principle applies to our spiritual life as well.  We can get into various habits and find ourselves not doing what we know to be right or utilizing our God given gifts and skills.  Each of us has some gift or ability we can be using each and every day, but we must be willing.  

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to utilize every good gift we have been given.  Let's look for opportunities to help others and allow God to use us in their lives.  

STUDY QUESTION: Can you identify abilities, gifts and skills within your own life that are becoming rusty because you haven't used them consistently?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to use your talents, gifts and abilities to help others?

APPLICATION: Let's decide each morning to be open for ways to use our God given abilities to help others.  

Let's pray…

Father, thank You for the abilities and gifts You have given to us.  Help us to use these gifts for the betterment of others Lord and keep us from becoming rusty.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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