The last couple of times I walked past my kitchen I smelled something a little funny. And not funny ha ha!
It actually smelled like fish, which is very unusual as I don’t like fish and it’s rarely in my kitchen. I thought I must have just been imagining it so let it go. But when I smelled it for the fourth time I mentioned it to my husband and he agreed that he’d smelled the same thing. I realised I had to investigate this odour a little further.
I dreaded finding something dead in my cupboard or even worse, not finding anything at all but the smell getting stronger! My fears were soon appeased as it didn’t take me long to find where the smell was coming from.
In my fruit bowl I had some bananas, some kiwi fruit and underneath all of that were some tomatoes. It seems the tomatoes had been in the bowl for a little long and started to go mouldy. They had then oozed their juice into the bottom of the bowl where it had fermented in our hot weather over the last two days. Who would have thought tomatoes could smell like fish?!
What had started out as a healthy, wholesome fruit had gradually turned very bad. Because it had not been used when it was ready it had gone to waste.
This can be true of the gifts God gives us too. He blesses each of us with gifts. I believe we are born with certain gifts, but we also develop gifts as we grow.
If these gifts are not used and expressed then they go to waste. Thankfully, we don’t end up smelling like fish, like my tomatoes, but it means we don’t bless others and bless God with what we have either. It doesn’t give health to anyone if it is not being used.
Our gifts are not just a blessing, they are a responsibility. We must look for opportunities to use them in lots of different ways.
Lord, thank You for generously giving us all gifts and abilities we can give back to our world. Help us to use these gifts to help others and worship You. Amen.
Which of your gifts do you feel you’ve let lie for too long?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.