According to Your Ability

Ezra 2 describes how the people of Israel came back to the Promised Land and began the process of rebuilding the Temple. Verse 69 says: “According to their ability they gave to the treasury for the work”. Here we find a good principle for us as stewards of God’s gifts in His kingdom’s work:

The key phrase is “according to their ability.” Some people could give more, and others less, but the key is that gave “according to (his) ability” — each did whatever they could do. This reminds us that we are only responsible for what we are able to do, no more. Thus we see in the New Testament that Jesus commends the poor widow for giving a tiny amount at the Temple — because He knew that was all she was able to give. “According to her ability” it was a more lavish gift than anyone else gave at the Temple that day!

This principle applies to more than giving only, but also to service and ability of all kinds: You do not need to be intimidated by the great gifts and abilities of others. You will not be judged by their abilities. You are responsible before God to do what He has gifted YOU with the ability to do. The question each of us should ask ourselves is, are we doing that? “Am I (giving, doing, serving, etc.) according to my ability?”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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