The Treasure on the Inside

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.”  — Romans 12:4-6

Nicolo Paganini, in the early 1800’s was one of the world’s most famous violinists. In one of his many public concerts, he walked onto the stage before a large crowd only to realize at that moment that he had the wrong violin. He was horrified, but it was too late for him to do anything about his mistake.

In his frustration, he attacked the music with a passion that he had never before displayed. In an effort to make up for the shortcomings of the instrument he held, he abandoned all caution in his performance. After the concert the critics and audience said it was the best concert of his entire career.

Afterward, when questioned about using a violin that belonged to another person, he said, “Today I learned the most important lesson in my life. I once believed the mustic was in the violin. Today I learned that it was in me.

God has given each of us (who have come to faith in Jesus Christ) different abilities or gifts. They vary in name and number but not in value. They may be obvious to others or they may be seen only by Him when we serve others in His name. The important thing we must realize is that the gift is within us and only comes to life as we respond to the opportunities God gives us.

The real treasure that is within us is not the gift itself, but instead the Giver of the gift. Our value and the value of our abilities is determined by the One who lives in our heart.

Because of His greatness, our message, motivation and ministry become a precious gift to others. We are not a nuisance nor are we a bother to others. We are a blessing because of the treasure that flows from our hearts and lives.

We, as vessels of His treasure, are not to live apologetically but instead generously! Jesus said, “…freely you have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).” It is our privilege to share the gifts God has given us with others.

Have you come to the place of learning that there is a treasure in you? Are you sharing it? I remember a song from my youth …

I look around in the place that I live. I see people with so much to give.

Yet there are those who are dying to know, just that somebody cares.

Do you really care? Do you know how to share, the Good New everywhere?

Do you really care?

God has given us a new day. Let’s share the treasure inside!

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