RC Airplane

Early on in our marriage, I told my wife Janet I wanted a remote controlled (RC) airplane. I love flying and had a Cox control-line plane when I was a boy (wish I still had it – an antique now). Back to the RC Plane. Somehow, Janet scraped up the money and got me a RC Plane for Christmas. To make a long story short & sad; I never took it out of the box and ended up selling it in a garage sale. Not a great move in marriage & not a wise use of a very nice gift.

This morning I was reading in Romans 12 again (I’m reading it over & over this year) and today verse 6 really got my attention. “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…” (Romans 12:6 NASB)

As I meditated on this passage and those around it my mind recalled the RC Plane. I wonder how many times we take the GIFTS God gives us and treat them like I did that plane. Not only did I fail to use the gift Janet gave me; my putting it on the shelf was actually offensive or at least hurtful to her. Yes we worked through that and have a great marriage; celebrated our 35th Anniversary on July 16th. But I still remember that story with a sense of sadness & regret.

As I thought about the GRACE GIFTS God gives every believer, I wonder how often we grieve His heart when we fail to use those gifts well. We also miss out on the blessing of JOY. Had I taken that plane out of the box and flown it, it would have brought me great joy and would have brought Janet great joy to watch me. Even if I made a mistake and crashed and burned – there would have still be times of joy in using the gift. I believe God gets great joy & glory from our wise use of the grace gifts He’s given us…..and I know when I use those gifts well – I’m blessed with incredible joy.

Regardless of how God has gifted you, use your gift well. Don’t set it on a shelf and let it collect dust. Don’t sell out for something of far less value. USE YOUR GIFT WELL and be a good steward of God’s grace in your life.

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10 NASB)

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. (Revelation 22:21 NASB)

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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