Suchet, who came to believe in Jesus after reading Romans in a hotel Bible, described the project as the fulfillment of “a 27-year ambition. I felt totally driven. I did so much research I couldn’t wait to get started.” After that, he donated his earnings.
His record remains an inspiring example of how to glorify God by cultivating a gift and then sharing it with others. Peter urges first-century believers to such stewardship in his epistle. Persecuted for worshiping Jesus and not Caesar, they are asked to focus on living for God and cultivating their spiritual gifts. “When anyone speaks, let him speak as if God Himself were speaking through him” (verse 11). As with all gifts, we can encourage them so that “God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.”
How would you describe your God-given talents and spiritual gifts? What can you do to steward them for God’s glory? Heavenly Father, at times I have wasted my gifts and talents. Sharpen my commitment to handling the gifts you have bestowed so that the world will praise you.