Gifted and Worthless

We all know someone gifted and talented, destined to be great they are. Usually a huge vocabulary is associated with such a person. Their knowledge about certain things is exceptional. They can be great writers, musicians, academics, athletes, public speakers or simply great thinker’s. They captivate our desire to be just like them.
But why did God give greater gifts to some and not others? Are they really greater gifts? Are you jealous of their gifts? Beware there is a danger in puffing yourself up and imagining yourself to be some brilliant or talented person. With great gifts comes great responsibility.
So maybe you are gifted in one capacity or another. How do you use your gifts? Maybe you’re a great athlete or a great entertainer. For what purpose do you run? For what purpose are your exceptional talents used?
Can you say truthfully that most of your gifts, great or average, are used for selfish purposes? Do others exalt you; do you make more money, get better jobs, and take higher level classes, for what purpose? So why did God gift you the way he did? Do you think he did it that you could be exalted above others? That you could be praised or esteemed at least above your peers? Your gifts are for us, not for you. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:2, “And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” Paul also writes in 1 Corinthians 8:2, “If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.” When you fully understand your giftedness in the light of God’s word, you will know better, and you will use your humble blessings to love and praise the giver of gifts.
There are others whose gifts and talents are not being used. What shall we say about them? Most of these are unable to stop thinking about themselves long enough to comprehend their giftedness. The moment is all that is important. The high of drugs, sex, hate, or power disables their usefulness. “It’s a shame, he had so much talent,” the common cry we have all heard. A worthless life, spent on selfish lusts; such a pity it is.
Wake up we plead; know Jesus we pray. Leave pride and self behind, stop thinking your gifts useless and unappreciated. Exercise them. He died for your sins and by faith if you are one who trusts in him he will give you a worthy purpose for life. In fact he has already done so; use your gifts to serve others.

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