Act II: Eager Devotional Thought for January 13, 2016

unspecified2 Corinthians 8.7-7
So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving. Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us*—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
Devotional Thought:
Excelling in spiritual gifts is a mind bender for me.  Isn’t a gift a gift?  Can we increase the effectiveness of the gift by our practice(s) of using the gift?  Much like a gifted runner has a natural base of potential, it is only after putting into practice the gift that the runner knows the full extent of her potential.  The same can be said for our spiritual gifts.  If we have the gift of teaching it is made more effective the more we use it.  The gift of learning is simply a base for applying ourselves to increasing our knowledge.  And so on and so forth.  Let me challenge us today to take an assessment of our gifts.  Are we using them fully?  Are we seeing the impact on others because of how we are using what God has given us?
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you have given to each of us gifts.  May we embrace the gifts from you in such a way as to bring glory to you.  May we find practical ways to use our gifts for the common good.  Amen.
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