When God gives you a gift for His glory, it’s not only good…it’s excellent!
James 1:17 (NKJV)
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
I enjoy writing and sharing what God has placed in my heart. I love teaching and preaching as I have opportunity. It makes me feel so alive! And, God gives me inspiration EVERYWHERE! In good and in evil. In joy and in pain. At work and at home. In the profound and profane. God has fresh revelation to His unchanging word everywhere…and I have to write and share.
I must admit that most of the time, when I finish writing or saying what God has placed in my heart in my own style, I sometimes say WOW! That’s pretty awesome, but not because of me, but because of my awesome God!
I guess we are all spiritual plagiarists, because nothing anyone writes or says is original, it all comes from God.
But, here’s my point. No matter how good I may feel about what I have shared. No matter how many ‘attaboys’ and pats-on-the-back I get…
I ALWAYS read, hear or watch something that someone else has shared that is even MORE awesome and powerful that what I have written.
Someone is always revealing something that I never knew. Someone is always, in their own style, sharing something that makes me stop and say WOW! Someone is always confirming something that God has placed in my heart.
It humbles me to see how powerfully God speaks through and uses others.
When I’m reminded daily of how God uses so many anointed, talented, gifted people, it keeps me humble, as I realize that even though He is using me in a powerful way…His Kingdom work can go on just fine without me.
Let me encourage you to never diminish the power of what God has placed inside you, but at the same time never let your gift, your talent, your ability, your education, your popularity, your accolades, or awards to allow you to become arrogant, proud or vain.
Unfortunately, there are too many spiritually arrogant preachers, teachers, ministers, pastors, authors, writers, bloggers, artists, singers, musicians…
Our challenge is to not allow the power of what God has placed in us to provoke us to glory in ourselves. Let us never forget that if anything good comes from us, all glory goes to God.
Here are just a few scriptural reminders…
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (NKJV)
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”[a]
2 Corinthians 10:17 (NKJV)
17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”[a]
Psalm 115:1 (NKJV)
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.