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April 24: What Is That In Your Hands?

“A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16

Read:Exodus 14:1-16; II Kings 4:1-7; I Samuel 16:14-23

I once heard the sad but true story of a man several years ago who owned a very valuable piece of land in the Texas area. Unfortunately, he didn’t realize the value of his property; so when he was in a desperate financial situation and needed money urgently, he decided to sell it off to some investors. The investors took advantage of him because of his desperation to sell, and gave him much less than what the property was worth. You know, the way you esteem the gifts and blessings in your life is the same way people will relate with them! It turned out a few years after the investors bought this piece of property, they discovered gold in it. The initial owner lost an asset that could have enriched him the rest of his life because he failed to look beyond what he saw on the surface. Child of God, I want you to know that when God made you, He created you with certain gifts, talents, abilities that can enrich your life if you appropriate them. Joseph couldn’t sing or play music. He wasn’t an intellectual. Neither could he buy or sell. But do you know that his single gift of interpretation of dreams made him the second most powerful man in the entire civilized world of his days? David’s anointing and gift of music got him a career in the king’s palace and made him indispensable. The writer of the Book of Proverbs tells us that even though the spider and lizard have no desirable qualities, they live in kings’ palaces because of their gifts. So what do you have? What gifts have you recognized in yourself? Don’t make the mistake of becoming somebody’s cheap imitation. You were created to be an original, and there’s nobody anywhere else like you! Granted, you may not appreciate some things about yourself because we all have stuff to deal with. Nevertheless, the secret of your distinction in life lies in the discovery of the unique place you’ve been given by God. So dig deep today and find out what you have. Then begin to develop them, use them and invest them.