Operating in Your God-Given Strength

‘There are diversities of gifts…’

1 Corinthians 12:4 NKJV

Paul writes, ‘There are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit.’ Successful people invest their time, energy and resources into their core strengths. Why? Because that is where they get their highest return! And when they occasionally depart from that approach, as Colin Salmon did when he took time out from his successful acting career to take part in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Colin, a statuesque, confident actor proved to be less competent in the dancing arena, leaving the show after just five weeks, never receiving higher than 27 points from the panel of judges. He may have enjoyed the experience, but exiting the show so early is probably not what he’d like to be remembered for. God gave you gifts that make you unique, gifts that hold great possibilities. But you have to discover them and develop them. A sign on a DIY shop says it all: ‘We’ve got it, if you can find it.’ Nobody was ever born without talent, including you, but you’ve got to find it. What keeps us from doing that? 1) The company we keep. The old saying goes, ‘If you run around with turkeys, you’ll never fly with eagles.’ The Scripture says, ‘He who walks with wise men, will be wise…’ (Proverbs 13:20 NKJV). 2) Failing to spend time in prayer and in God’s Word. God is not only the giver of your gift,; he supplies the strength to function successfully in it. Aristotle said, ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.’ So if you want to succeed, consult God, and operate in your God-given strength.

I Kings 8-9, Matt 22:1-14, Ps 112, Pr 7:6-9

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