‘That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”’ 2 Chronicles 1.7
What would your request be if God were to appear to you and offer to give you whatever you want? I’m sure you would be very noble in what you asked for, but it is quite fun thinking of all the options!
Solomon’s answer to this question was to ask for the wisdom to lead his people; a response for which he was highly commended and he received a lot more besides. This story gives us an insight into the way that God loves to give gifts. It is all too easy to regard his gifts as signs of his approval or as rewards for being good, but perhaps every gift God has given us is for the service of others.
Take a moment to list what you think are God’s gifts to you. If every gift is meant to be for the service of others, how well are you using them?