Series: Giving My Time, Talents and Treasures to God 1 Peter 4:7–11 (HCSB)
Giving My Talents and Treasures to God

I give my TALENTS to be used by God…

  1. BECAUSE TIME IS SHORT (4:7)
  • I can’t afford to waste my talents when the clock is ticking.
  • Effective use of my talents demands discipline.
  1. BECAUSE OF HIS COMMAND TO LOVE OTHERS (4:8-9)
  • Genuine love must be our motive and it makes up for our failures.
  • Learning to serve God without complaining brings glory  to Him.
  1. BECAUSE IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ME, IT’S ABOUT SERVING OTHERS (4:10-11)
  • We have been given the talents and gifts we have to  be used for the benefit of others.
  • We are therefore stewards or managers of the talents God has given us.
  1. BECAUSE HE RECEIVES THE GLORY AND POWER (4:11d)
  • When we are dependent on His strength, He gets the glory.
  • When I give my talents and gifts to God, He receives the glory.

Romans 11:36 (HCSB)  36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Luke 12:13–34 (HCSB)

I give my TREASURES to be used by God…

  1. BECAUSE THE GREATEST DETERRENT TO GENEROSITY IS GREED (12:13-21)
  • We have to watch out for greed.
  • If we are not careful, the things we own will own us.
  1. BECAUSE IT LETS ME SPEND LESS TIME WORRYING ABOUT MY STUFF AND MORE TIME TRUSTING GOD (12:22-30)
  • Don’t allow worry to overshadow your trust in God to provide.
  • Understand how much you matter to God.
  1. BECAUSE IT ALLOWS ME TO ALIGN MY PRIORITIES WITH HIS (12:31-34)
  • Place His Kingdom as a priority and God will provide for you.
  • Store up treasures in heaven and you’ll always be rich.
  • Whatever gets your heart gets you.

When I give my talents to God, He is able to use them for His glory. I learn to become others-centric and genuinely love others. When I give my treasures to God I can overcome the tendency toward greed and learn to align my priorities with His.

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