“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…”


1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)

The Gift of Music

I love music. Music has the ability to affect us probably more than anything else. Music touches our soul and makes us feel a wide range of emotions.

Because my grandmother was a church pianist, I always dreamed of doing the same. I took piano lessons for many years, but never progressed to the point that I felt was very good. (I think my piano teacher would agree with that.) After giving up on that dream, I thought maybe I could sing in the church choir. Alas, that was not to be either! The Bible says to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Well, that is exactly what comes out when I open my mouth–a joyful noise. Oh, believe me, what I imagine is this great voice, but I know that is not the case.

A few years ago, someone who knew I had taken lessons volunteered me to play the piano at church. Initially, I refused because I did not feel I could do an adequate job. God really spoke to me at that time. This was very difficult for me. Even though I had a piano, I had not played it in years. I spent many hours those first few weeks relearning how to play. I wish I could say that the first week of playing went spectacularly, but it did not. Oh, it was not bad; it was just very fast.

After about a year of playing for church, we were discussing spiritual gifts one night. One of the ladies in class said, “Toni’s spiritual gift is music.” I was shocked. I really did not believe it. Many years later, I now realize that music is one of my gifts. I just had not cultivated and used it…Now if I could just sing.

So many times, we do not realize that we have a gift or we hide it. God wants us to share the gifts he has given us. Think about what gifts you might be hiding. It is time to use them to God’s glory.

Prayer Over Our Hearts

Dear Lord, we humble ourselves before You, wanting to be used by You. You are our Creator, our Redeemer, our All in All. Please reveal to us the gifts that You have given to us. Let us use them to glorify Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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