Your Talent is an Asset.
August 19, 2019
“God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 peter 4:10. God is forever in the business of dispensing gifts to His children. To some He has given the gift of singing, dancing, and acting and to others, He has given the gift of preaching, writing, plumbing, drawing, painting etc. What are you doing with your own gift? Understand that not everyone will appreciate your talent. There’ll be people making cutting remarks, but there’ll also be you proving them wrong. If you allow people’s comments to rob you of your God’s ordained blessings, you’ll only have yourself to blame on the last day. Decide today: I will not surrender my dream to noisy negatives. Is writing your talent? Then, write anything. Soon, it will start to make sense. The water won’t run until the faucet is turned on. You do not have to be great to start, but you must start to be great. If you are the light of the world, no one would know until the switch is turned on. A very popular song by Listener Kids, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine” points out to the fact that we were created to let our light shine. Don’t let anyone put out your light. By all means, let it shine. Focus on your talent and you are sure to attain greatness. Stop neglecting something you can do and trying to do something you cannot do. Quit strengthening your weakness- Imagine where you’d be if you used as much effort to strengthen your strength. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
I have a gift of listening to people in pain and encouraging them. People are drawn to me , especially in times of trouble, and I’m honored to share my gift with them. But when anyone needs help with mathematics, I’m certainly the wrong person to approach. In fact, I’ll be screaming at the top of my voice, “I’m mathematically challenged. Please, look else where.” I’m grateful to everyone who is gifted in areas that I’m not. My light will not shine optimally without their own light adding to my light. Together, fueled by each other’s light, we can do great things and “glorify our father.” John 8:54. I love to write, but I didn’t suddenly become proficient in writing. I had to put in the work. Talent is never enough. When I decided to write a novel, I had no idea what was going in there. I wrote whatever I imagined made sense and it did, eventually. You need to put in the work. If you merely wing your talent, others will soon fly past you. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Stephen King. The parable of the talents makes us to understand that everyone is given something, but not everyone is given everything. Some had been given more while others were given less, but both doubled their investment in the kingdom. Jesus rewards both of them by saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matt 25:21). Notice He doesn’t tell the one with 5 talents who turned it into 10, “Well done good and “more” faithful servant. No! He tells them same thing because He knows some are given less, but if they are able to use what’s been given to them, they become faithful servants. This is also an indication that it takes as much strength and hard work to develop one’s talent. For both the one with five talents and one with two talents were able to double theirs before the return of the master.
God created each of us unique and special in our way so that we’d need each other. No one person is gifted or talented in everything. All of us do not have equal talents, but all of us have equal opportunity to develop our talents. It’s no use worrying about what talents and abilities others have. If you do not have them, then you do not need them for your mission. Get out there and do what you can with what you have. Let your light shine. Comparison is the thief of joy; it is worthless in a world of individuals. You are the perfect mix of talents and abilities to fulfil the mission that God has in mind for you. Do not be like the unproductive and foolish servant who buried his own talent. God expects the talents that He has given to us to be put to use not buried in the ground. (Matt 25:25). There’s no gift too little. Value yours. The scripture says, “A man’s gift opens doors for him and brings him before kings.” Proverbs 18:16. The more you use your gift, the bigger it gets. It’s like training your muscles at the gym. The more you train them, the stronger and toner they get. Over time, as you become excellent in your gift, it gets noticed by others, and as you prove trustworthy, God will open doors for you that you could never imagine.You may think your talent is weird or unpopular, but sometimes, it is those who feel as though they have nothing to offer who accomplish great things before God. Take Gideon for instance (Judges 6). Everyone judged him and thought he was a coward because he hid away in a wine-press in order to thresh wheat in safety. But God saw someone who would not give up; someone who would think outside the box to survive and defy the enemy. Gideon was focused on his circumstances and limitations, but God was focused on what He could do through him. Gideon felt weak, God saw him as strong. Gideon felt unqualified but God saw him as competent to do the job. Gideon felt insecure and full of fear, but God saw him as fearless and full of boldness.
If you are a Christian, ask God to reveal to you what your gift is. Tug on his robe day in, day out until He reveals it to you. Had the little colt been hidden away, where the disciples couldn’t find him, he would have missed a life time opportunity of Christ riding upon his back. Position yourself for God’s divine re-positioning. The only way to achieve that is by using your gifting which is unique to you to change the world. God will not multiply a gift you are not willing to use; rather He’d take it away and give to someone who already put theirs to good use. After the widow of Zarephath offered her little flour and oil to Elijah, a little became too many, and she, he and her household ate for many days. (1 kings 17:8-24). The widow gave one meal away and she received in return over one thousand days of meal. The talents we are gifted with aren’t for us. God wants us to bless others with them no matter how little we think they are. Christ wouldn’t have doubled the five loaves of bread and fish if the young lad hadn’t showed up. Feeding a multitude (5000) with just five loaves and two fish was not the poor lad’s target, because there just was no way that was logically possible. He was out there doing what he could with what he had and the outcome was excellence. If you’d do what you can today with what you have, God will do what you can’t by opening doors of unexplainable blessings.
Everyone is gifted, but some people never open their package. We all can do something. Tragedy is letting what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. Learning new things won’t help the person who isn’t using what he already knows. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have.” John Mason. God finds it very difficult to bless an idle hand. He’s given you a tool to work. Use it. “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” Leo Buscaglia.