“Do not neglect the gift that is in you…” (1Tim 4:14)
Each born again child of God has a deposit of the Holy Spirit in his heart. This is basic. He also has at least one spiritual gift so he can serve the Lord. This gift is given by the Holy Spirit for the glory of God and the benefit of the brethren. If you are a child of God, then you shall give an account to God for the gift He has given to you. It is your duty to stir the gift and not neglect it.
To neglect a gift it means to be careless with it, to disrespect it, to fail to use it or to appreciate it. It also means to be un-excited about it, to refuse to acknowledge it or to praise God for it. The gift remains dormant like a seed un-planted lying on the hard pavement. There is great potential in the gift but it all comes to nothing. The neglect of the gift gives the impression that God has not blessed you with anything special. You look like a prince that has no food to eat. People know that there is something wrong with you but they cannot find the way to help you.
What is the effect of neglecting your spiritual gift? The first thing you shall observe is that, with all your hard labor, you are still poor. This poverty is mysterious. You do not experience supernatural ‘open doors’. There is no breakthrough in your life. “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men” (PV 18:16). You shall be surrounded by ordinary men, poor men who are not able to help you. When you pray, God will not answer. He will direct your attention to your neglect of spiritual things in general and your peculiar gift in particular. You need to repent and do the right thing.
What is the solution? The opposite of neglect it means to lovingly care for the gift, to patiently invest in others until you see fruits, until you see it multiply. That is what you have to do! Please remember that the gifts of God are not for personal fame or wealth. They are tools for service. Pride is another hindrance in using your gifts. Humble yourself! Do not compare your gift with others. Use what God has given to you and see the results!
If you use it, God receives the glory for your gift. The Body of Christ shall benefit from your gift. This is the sure way of holy success. God shall reward you for your faithfulness. Great men shall help you. Prosperity shall follow you.Truth is simple but truth is also deep. May truth be merciful to you and set you free!
(In the picture there is a neglected dog who was adopted by a family and loved back to life)