A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
– Proverbs 18:16
In the Bible, we see how God has gifted individuals in unique ways to serve His kingdom. Whether it be through leadership, generosity, or musical ability, each of us has been given talents and skills to use for God’s glory.
David, for example, was known for his musical ability. In 1 Samuel 16:23, it says that whenever King Saul was troubled by an evil spirit, David would play the lyre, and the evil spirit would depart. This musical gift brought David to the palace, as King Saul wanted David to play for him, and thus began a close relationship between the two. That’s great, but sometimes I wonder if David felt silly being the king’s white noise machine. It’s not glamorous or fun.
I imagine that we may be tempted to feel like the work we have to do when we are just getting started is embarrassing or meaningless. Especially when you know for a fact that you have been called to something greater!
Just like David, we, too, have gifts and talents that God has given us for a purpose. Don’t be discouraged if your gift seems small or unpopular, for it is through our unique abilities that we can make a difference in the lives of those around us. And as we continue to use and hone our gifts, we will see how they can bring us before great people and open doors we never thought possible.
But, just like David, we may also face challenges and temptations to give up on our gift. It’s important to remember that God’s patience is eternal, and He never gives up on us. He will always give us second, third, and even more chances to use our gifts for His glory.
Let us pray:
Dear God, thank you for the gifts and talents you have given us. Help us to recognize and use them for Your glory. May we never give up on our abilities, even when they may seem small or unpopular. Give us the strength and courage to continue to use them, and may they bring us before great people and open doors we never thought possible. In your name, amen.