The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:2: “It is required that those who have been given a trust [gift] must prove faithful.”
We started the week with the following:
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it, (Matthew 9:27-30).
As we end the work week, let us finish on another sports note. Now, it has been said that there are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who don’t know that anything is happening! Jesse Owens and Bones made things happen. Let me put you on the spot. Did you make things happen this week? Anything at all?
The Sydney, Australian swimmer, Shane Gould, won three gold medals in the 1972 Olympics, and was considered one of the greatest swimmers of all time. That was before Phelps. Now, I cringe when using today’s athletes for example because one doesn’t know what props them up until much later, somebody digs and digs and then surfaces with charges of drug use. So let me focus on Shane.
To win those three medals, she didn’t just sit back, fold her hands and watch things happen. She got involved and drawing on her talents, she made them happen. Early when she was only 14 years of age, she was asked by a news reporter ‘How do you think you will do in anyone of your early swim meets in the U.S.? She said, “I have a feeling there will be a world record today.”
And there was when she set a world record in the 100m freestyle event and a second in the 200m. Asked, again, how she thought she would do in the much more difficult 400m event she replied, “I get stronger every race, and besides … my parents said they’d take me to Disneyland if I win, and we’re leaving tomorrow!”
She went on to hold five world records by the age of 16. First, we know that just a rare few have the gift to be able to win gold medals in global sports. And I know you will agree with me that as in the case of Jesse Owens, winning for her was a combination of talent focus, dedication, preparation, hard work, and of course, a positive self- expectancy. Talents. Gifts. Beloved, every one of you reading this devotional is talented and also gifted in some area. Some have talents gifts in multiple areas, no question about it.
Have you been hearing some people saying that God wants all His children to be rich or whatever? Meanwhile Deuteronomy 15:11 is saying For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. And in Matthew 26:11, Jesus says “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.”
So when someone (e.g. some televangelists and their followers) says God has called you to be famous, please know what question to ask. First, we have all been called to be faithful in serving the Lord Jesus and also our fellow man with the gifts that we have been given.
I want to be among those who make things happen. What about you? I want to know what my spiritual gifts are. What about you? I want to grow by being very well trained and disciplined in my area of gifting. What about you? Are you sufficiently (if not fully) prepared for the task you want to, feel or know that you have been called to do? I self examine.
What about faith? I know I need to have enough faith in my work, my ministry or whatever it is I’m undertaking. What about you? Beloved, let us take advantage of opportunities when they come our way, trust and believe that with the aid of the indwelling Holy Spirit we can attain our goals. So, which are you: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, or those who don’t know that anything is happening?
Proposed prayer: “Dear Father, thank You for the talents and gifts You have bestowed on me and all Your children. The gifts are not for me, but for blessing others and glorifying You so please give me the needed wisdom to use and invest them in You and Your Kingdom. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
May you have a very blessed weekend.