Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. – 1 Timothy 4:14
Do you remember when you were a little kid? You’d get a new toy for your birthday, and you’d love that toy. You’d play and play and play with it. Then, after about a week or two, the toy would get boring. The newness had worn off and it wasn’t as exciting anymore. It’s easy to get a gift and then after a few months totally forget about it, because it’s not as exciting as it once was.
Spiritually, it’s easy to do the same thing. You’ve been given spiritual gifts. God has gifted you for a unique purpose and calling. However, it’s easy to often forget about the gifts or become used to them so they don’t seem special anymore.
In today’s verse, we are challenged to not neglect our gifts. Don’t forget about the things that God has spoken to you about your future. Choose to remind yourself of what God has said to you. Also, don’t take your giftings for granted. Your gift is important to God’s plan and purpose on the earth. Even if you’re not like others, don’t get discouraged. God has gifted and called you for a special purpose.
Stir up that gift. Don’t let it get old and boring. Remind yourself of how special you are to God and how important your gift is to His plan. Ask God to show you how you can use your gift to help others today.