Exploit Your Gifts and Give God the Glory
“Every good and perfect gift is from above.”
In life, it’s easy to take credit for our talents and accomplishments, isn’t it? Our success in business and relationships; in our bank accounts, stock portfolios, and investments—our net worth; in the number of toys we own; in the houses, we live in, and the cars we drive. It could be our entrepreneurial spirit or our negotiating skills…we can even take credit for our children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. Maybe you can identify with one of these or simply add one of your own here:
Whether we are willing to admit it or not, our pride and arrogance will often get the best of us and we will actually start believing that most positive outcomes are the result of our efforts alone.
I have often heard people say, “Give credit where credit is due. “ This philosophy is part of our culture and society now. The accepted mantra seems to be: If you want to get ahead, you need to make everything about you. However, when you consider how God blessed Daniel with many gifts including wisdom, knowledge, understanding, learning and competency, yet Daniel remained humble, you will see that our modern mantra of self-congratulatory behavior is a false one.
God blessed Daniel with favor, compassion and the ability to discern all visions and dreams. Daniel was without blemish. When Daniel was able to tell King Nebuchadneezar about his dreams and then interpret them (while none of the wise men in the kingdom could) he was quick to deflect and acknowledge God for giving him his abilities. He gave God all the credit. Daniel remained humble and he knew where the genesis of his abilities rested—in God alone.
Maybe that is why God elevated Daniel for just such a time as that. God knew Daniel’s heart because Daniel connected or prayed three times daily to his God. He became close with his Maker because he made it a priority to communicate, pray and petition for God to move in his life and the lives of his people. God showed up many times in Daniel’s life. And He can in yours as well!
The truth is, every natural talent and gift that we possess (including our very lives) is an absolute result of the grace and generosity of God. I believe that wisdom in life comes from a discerning heart and in knowing that we are simply vessels in the hands of the Master. God can always use us and our gifts for His glory and when we thank Him often for giving us our unique abilities, God will move in our lives in such a way that He will fulfill His will through us.
When we get to a place in our lives where we consciously and consistently deflect the credit for our efforts and abilities and return it to the One who is more than worthy, then—and only then—will we begin to feel in an extraordinary way why the gift was given and to whom our abilities are intended to serve. It is certainly not ourselves. Once we give the glory for our gifts to God, I am certain that the true meaning of the blessing will permeate our lives in a much greater way… allowing us to benefit others in wonderful and rich ways.
Let’s continue creating unity in this community!