Proverbs 18:16, “A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
This statement can be very positive or it can be very negative. A man can bribe great men with gifts. We have seen that throughout the history of our world.
When we talk today about political corruption, we talk about people being on the take. It is sad when it is obvious that good people can be bought and sold. In this Proverb, we are going to look at the positive side. A man can use the gifts or talents God has given him to influence a leader to do the right thing. In the Bible, we see this over and over again.
We need to be wise with what God puts at our disposal. Joseph had the gift of dreams. God used Joseph to influence the king of Egypt, Pharaoh, to make wise decisions that preserved the nation of Israel, Egypt, and many other nations.
Abigail approached David with gifts, asking David to spare her life and the life of those that served with her. Jacob, when he knew that Esau was coming, sent gifts to Esau to calm his wrath. Jacob’s fear of Esau’s wrath had grown in the twenty years of his absence. We all have gifts.
Let me encourage you to do something today.
Ask yourself:

1. What are the gifts that God has given me?
2. How am I using those gifts presently?
3. Who have I used my gifts to influence?
4. How could God use me and my gift to influence others?
5. Am I using the gift God has given me for that which is right, for the glory of God, or for my own selfish desires?
Allow God to use the gift He has given you to minister to others and influence others to do that which is right in the sight of God.

Your friend,
David Teis



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