“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” (Proverbs 18:16)
You are called and gifted.
Whether you know it or not, you have God-given gifts to help you function in your calling. For example, if you’re called to sing, you’ll be gifted with a beautiful voice.
These gifts are designed to make room or create space for you in your specific calling. Their purpose isn’t fame or personal gain, although these things may accompany your gift, but rather influence and service.
In 1 Samuel 16, the Spirit of the Lord departs from King Saul, and a distressing spirit begins tormenting him. Desperate for relief, King Saul asks his young servants to seek out a skilled musician to play the harp for him.
One of his servants reply:
“I know someone. I’ve seen him myself: the son of Jesse of Bethlehem, an excellent musician. He’s also courageous, of age, well-spoken, and good looking. And God is with him.” (1 Samuel 16:18 The Message)
Can you picture this scenario?
As David’s name exits the servant’s lips, he immediately thinks of the young man—a long-haired, bearded heartthrob rocking skinny jeans who took home the 2016 Israel’s Got Talent title with his hit, “God Gave Rock and Roll to You.” The servant assures King Saul a second time, saying, “Oh, I know someone alright!”
David was not only a gifted musician but also a skilled musician. He had developed his gift and, in turn, his gift made room for him. It elevated him from the sheepfold to the palace.
Solomon must have remembered his father, David, teaching him as a child when he penned:
Observe people who are good at their work—skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a backseat to anyone.(Proverbs 22:29 The Message)
With this in mind, have you ever wondered why some people are just so good at their jobs?
Regardless of where you look—sports, business, ministry, medicine, or the arts—there are always those rare sorts who amaze us with what they do and how well they do it.
When considering such people, we usually conclude that they must have been born with a little something extra or they’re just the special ones. This couldn’t be further from the truth! So often we are oblivious of what these people do in the dark that makes them stand out in the light.
You too can distinguish yourself and impact others . . . if you put in the work! These individuals are outstanding because they have nurtured their gifts. That’s why they flourish in their callings.
Is it because your gift is underdeveloped that you’re not entering into the fullness of your calling?
We will probe more into developing your gift in my next blog! Stay tuned.
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