As a youngster I was interested in collecting rocks. Going on trips with my parents we always went into stores and looked at all the pretty ‘rocks’. At one point my parents and I seriously considered purchasing equipment to smooth and polish unique rocks. (My most treasured rock was a 1-inch rhodonite stone with pink, white, and black marbling). I find it fascinating that the Lord has ‘hidden’ so many gems inside plain coverings. Our grandchildren loved to pick up rocks when they were very little and you’d think they’d found special treasures.
I think they knew something more about rocks that we adults tend to forget. You wouldn’t recognize an amethyst or ruby stone in its ‘covering’ because the rock looks plain. Interestingly, when Jesus was told to hush His disciples, he responded by answering “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out! (Luke 19:40, NASB).” Hidden inside seemingly plain coverings is God’s treasure. Is your treasure of new life in His covenant of love and grace shouting out to others?
Let’s share the treasure we have in us with others.
Do you have the teaching gift? It’s another gift of God’s amazing grace. “6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:6-8 NKJV).
Schoolteachers are definitely a premium career these days. Public schools need great teachers. However, in Paul’s time there were no public school teachers. He was talking about teachers in the body of Christ. There are many ways to teach today. Not only as a Sunday school teacher, or as group leader, there are many opportunities to teach through social media and the written page. It’s easy to blog or even have a website to teach. It becomes a worldwide method of teaching. We have some 137 flags represented as visitors to our website. Teaching is another gift of God’s grace.
If He has graced you with the teaching gift, then use it and bless the world with encouragement.