“However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.” (Ephesian 4:7 NLT)
I have a friend that is one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard. He has an uncanny ability to explain the most complex theology is concise, simple, and often, humorous terms so that anyone can understand it. His wife, who is now with the Lord, was incredibly gifted in evangelism. It seemed to me that if she read a newspaper out loud in public, somebody passing by was going to get saved.
I have another friend who can play just about every musical instrument known to man, writes songs, poetry, and prose (without ever making a grammatical error), can teach well, is very funny, and when he sings, songbirds stop to listen. It’s disgusting. And, I work with him.
Our church hired a new staff member a year ago. After working with him over the past twelve months, I wonder if there’s anything he’s not good at doing. He even does magic tricks!
My older brother is an intellectual who became a lawyer and then a judge. My younger brother was a college football player, can play the guitar and harmonica, can sing, and is artistically gifted. My older sister and I joke that our parent’s good genes hit Bob, bounced over us, and then landed on Eric.
Here’s the thing. There’s always going to be someone better than you at something. There are some people that will be better than you at just about everything. However, nobody can be better at being you than you.
Think of it like this. Elvis Presley knew only three guitar chords. Music critics claimed he had very limited range. He was not very popular in high school. And, after his first audition, he was told he should go back to driving a truck. But, I think we can all agree that Elvis made out all right in spite of his limited talent, right?
God has given you a special gift through the generosity of Christ. Don’t compare it with anybody else’s gift with either envy or pride. Simply own it, use it, and give it away in service to others for God’s glory. You never know what kind of impact you will have one those around you or on the generations to come; but you WILL have an impact.
It’s why God created you, saved you, and gifted you, and then gave you as a gift to your family, friends, and church. There were some people during Paul the Apostle’s day that said he wasn’t much of a speaker and that he had an unimpressive persona (2Cor. 10:10). It may have been true. But did it limit God from profoundly using him? Nope!
God is not limited by your limitations. Give Him the gift He’s given you and He will give you as a gift to those around you.
©️ Paul R Downing, Daybreak Devotions
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