I’ve read that dear Abby recorded a powerful story awhile ago. A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school and it was a custom in their very wealthy community for parents to give their children a new car upon graduation. This boy and his dad spent weeks visiting one dealership after another and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car. They boy was certain it would be in the driveway waiting for him on graduation night.
One the night before of his graduation however, his father handed him a small package wrapped in some colorful paper. The Father said the package contained the most valuable gift that he could think of. The boy quickly ripped open the package to find that it was a Bible! The boy was so angry with that gift that he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. Sadly, he and his father never saw each other again.
Several years later news of the father’s death finally brought the son home again. Following the funeral, he sat alone, going through his father’s possessions that he was to inherit when he came across the Bible his dad had given him long ago. Overwhelmed by grief, he brushed away the dust and opened it for the first time. When it opened, a cashier’s check dated the day of his high school graduation fell into his lap –in the exact amount of the car they had chosen together. The gift had been there all along . . . but he had turned away.
The best investment we can make with our lives is to use what God has given us to bring honor and glory to the Father. The Lord expects us to become available in exercising our spiritual gifts. Take the following SPIRITUAL GIFTS INVENTORY and remember that God does not ask your ability or your inability. He asks only your availability.
Be blessed as you discover your spiritual gifts and serve Jesus!
You may find the following PERSONALITY PROFILE helfpul too.