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The Gift of Fixing Towel Racks

 David Alan Black  

As I watched Nathan make repairs in our downstairs powder bath (see photo), I was reminded again that whatever your particular gift is God can use it for the blessing of people, for the extension of His kingdom, for the building up of His church, the conversion of the lost, and the glory of His name. God may not necessarily use your qualifications (a Ph.D. in New Testament will not in itself make anyone a better classroom teacher, for instance), but He can always use your abilities to His glory.

The ability to fix a towel rack is God-given, and to use that gift honorably and efficiently is valid stewardship and genuine testimony. Nathan is just as important to God while he is doing manual labor as when he is playing the organ at church or singing in our men’s group or going on a mission trip to Ethiopia.

In Luke 12:48 Jesus establishes a very important point that we often overlook: “Everyone to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand more.” The principle is that your responsibility exactly matches the gifts God has given you. Are you experiencing to the full the stewardship of your special gifts?

Paul said to Timothy, “Do not neglect the gift you have!” (1 Tim. 4:14). You may shrink from your stewardship and refuse to do it, but are never absolved from the fact and responsibility for it.

How good a steward of God’s gifts are you? Am I?

October 31, 2006

David Alan Black is the editor of

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