By Chris Blevins
Several weeks ago I began a series of articles entitled “Folklore.” The intent is to discuss traditions, practices and sayings that are not located in the Bible, but have been passed from generation to generation as Scriptural and treated as such. Personally I have been taught subject matter in this manner by mentors who had the greatest of intentions and in addition I am most certain I have done the same. So I am not casting stones, I am simply looking for Biblical truth. Today’s column will be the last, finishing up this series.
Don’t save it all for Sunday” is a phrase I coined several years ago. The Bible teaches us in many places that we are all given talents or gifts to use for the Kingdom of God. Romans 12:5-8 says “ So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of nother. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
So God has given us all talents to use. For some reason we sometimes feel the need to only use them on Sunday or other church services. We have been programmed since we were little to operate in this manner. We forget that gifts and talents aren’t only for Sunday. Church services account for very little of our time. If we only use our gifts on Sundays we have certainly used it very little. 1 Corinthians 14:26 explains the effects of everyone trying to use a gift at one time. The church is not edified and confusion can abound.
So let us all remember to use the gifts God has given us daily. If you sing, sing your song while you are shopping. The person coming down the aisle may need to hear what you are singing. Don’t wait until Sunday to testify. Share your miracles and story of Salvation with those who cross your path on a daily basis. Your occupation may be a nurse, repair person, teacher, etc….. but your occupation is not who you are. First you are a child of God and He places His children in strategic places to share the words and works that He needs accomplished.
Now we all know that gifts need to be used on Sundays. However, if 75 people in a church service all try to use their talent at once then confusion will be the result. Be wise with your gifts. 1 Peter 3:15 states “ But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” Not only on Sundays, but everyday …