A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.
– Proverbs 18:16
I have read the Bible through from end to end many times including this verse, but one day it jumped out at me, and as I began to study it, it quickly became one of my favourites.
One of the first things you need to understand is that God has given you gifts to use for His glory. Yes, you!!! You may be thinking to yourself, “I am not important enough for God to give me a gift, skill, or a talent.”
God created you for the purpose of His Kingdom going forward. He has enabled you to reach people that no one else can, and it is the giftings He has given to you that accomplishes it. Romans 12:6 says, “having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.”
Second, you need to understand that your giftings are unique to you. Don’t look at what someone else can do and wish that was you.
You may think your talent is weird and unpopular, but sometimes it is those of us who feel like we have the least to give who accomplish great things for God. Look at Gideon (Judges 6). Everyone judged him and thought he was a coward because he hid away in a winepress in order to thresh wheat in safety. You know what God saw? Someone who would not give up and would think outside of the box to survive and defy the enemy.
The enemy of our souls wants to make you feel like your gift is useless and that there is no way that your gift can make a difference. Your gift does make a difference.
The other thing to understand is that God’s economy is not the same as that of this corrupt world system. In Matthew 10:42, Jesus says, “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” If you gift is to give a cup of cold water in love to someone who needs it, you are advancing the Kingdom of God.
The enemy tells you that you need to be rich and famous to make a difference; God says to love Him and your neighbour and you are fulfilling your role on the earth. I think of Billy Graham. As far as we know, the woman who led him to Christ led no one else to Him, but look at the impact Billy and his family have had on the world. You can’t see the ripple effect of your actions, but God does.
So how does your gift make room for you and bring you before great men? The more you use your gift, the bigger it gets. It is like a well-toned muscle that gets stronger and more powerful each time it is tested. Over time as you become excellent in your gift, it gets noticed by others, and as you prove trustworthy, God will open doors for you that you could never imagine.
I am in a situation right now where God has opened a door for me to witness to a famous person and it is a humbling experience because I think to myself, “Who am I to be a witness to this person?” And God says to me, “I have gifted you to show My love in unique ways, and you have been faithful even when it was weird, wacky and uncomfortable. This man needs a unique form of My love, and I know that you will be obedient to show it.”
So, can I ask something of you? Pray for me because so many days I don’t feel up to the task and there are days just like you where I fail. So that is the last point. Just because you may fail every once in a while, you don’t get disqualified. God is the God of second, third, fourth, fifth, gazillionth chances. His patience is eternal, and He never gives up on you.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and use your gifts to God’s glory and don’t forget to thank the One who gave them to you.
~ By Kim Thompson-Pinder
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