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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Make Your Talent and Skills Matter BY RICK WARREN — OCTOBER 1 Saturday

“Use every part of your body to give glory back to God” (1 Corinthians 6:20b TLB).
When you’re getting ready to be used by God, he doesn’t just want to see that you’re spending your time on the most important things. He also wants you to use your talents in view of eternity.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:20, “Use every part of your body to give glory back to God” (TLB).
There’s a big misconception about Heaven that even many Christians have. Some people think that when you get to Heaven, all you’re going to do is kick back and eat bon-bons, wear a white robe, play a harp, and float on clouds. But none of those things are in the Bible!
So what are you going to do for all those trillions of years when you get to Heaven?
God has plans for you to serve in Heaven. There are going to be things to do in Heaven — enjoyable things to do in order to serve God. What he’s doing right now is giving you time on Earth to practice serving. Why would God give you a place of serious service in eternity when you’ve done nothing in this world but live for yourself? If you sit on the bench all through life, saying, “I live for me,” and then when you get to Heaven you say, “OK, God, take me off the bench and put me on the A team. Let me serve you now,” God’s going to say, “Forget it. What serving skills did you develop with your time on Earth? You have no serving ability.”
You’re not going to take any of your money to Heaven. You’re not going to take any of your possessions to Heaven. You’re not going to take a single material thing to Heaven.
What are you taking to Heaven? Only two things: your character and your skills. God wants you to understand that right now is your chance to get ready for the real thing. Right now is your chance to develop your serving skills and build your character to be more like Jesus.
Are you doing anything to use your talents for God? Or are you using all your talents on yourself? God wants you to serve him well here on Earth and forever in Heaven.
Talk It Over
  • In what ways are you using your skills and talents to serve God? In what ways are you using your skills and talents to serve yourself?
  • What does it mean to develop your serving skills?

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