A royal gift

You Have a Gift

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men. – Proverbs 22:29

You have a gift.

The Master gave it to you. He created in you the delight and passion you would experience when you use that gift.

Maybe it’s planning and organization.

Maybe it’s encouragement and exhortation.

Maybe it’s mercy.

Teaching. Prophecy.

Or maybe it’s something more hidden.

Maybe your gift has more plain wrapping.

gift in "plain wrapping"

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A “small” part to play in a larger scheme.

Maybe you’ve been given a heart of prayer and worship.

Maybe you’re “just” one of the vocalists in your church’s massive choir.

A bell ringer in the bell choir.

Maybe you’re one of the setup or tear-down people (or both).

Maybe you mix the sound.

Maybe you’re a mother to an energetic bunch.

Maybe you cook meals for the widow and orphan. For those who have suffered loss or are sick. And you and they are the only ones who know about it.

Maybe you bought food for the homeless woman on the curb. And you haven’t shared it with anyone.

But Jesus sees.

And He is delighted in you.

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men. – Proverbs 22:29

Jesus is a King, and not an obscure man. And we present our gifts before Him. We employ them for an audience of one.

But Christ once lived in relative obscurity. Few really knew or believed in who he was. Few realized at the time that he was the Son of God, or that He would be dying to save them. To most, he was simply a rebel. Perhaps a good teacher, or a controversial one.

A criminal pounded to a couple beams of wood.

Even as he gave the world the greatest gift of all – salvation, through the sacrifice of his life and temporarily of his relationship with God – few saw this offering that Christ was bringing.

In fact, most mocked him.

And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

At that time two robbers *were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words. – Matthew 27

Maybe your gift has gone unnoticed.

Or worse, people have tried to degrade your gift.

“It’s too small.”

“Do you really think that ‘ministers to God’ or others?”

“You need to pray and ask God what he would have you do with your life instead of – or in addition to – [x].”

“Does that count as a gift? It’s not mentioned in the lists of gifts in the Bible.”

“I’ve never understood the appeal or beauty of [x].”

Thoughtless words have cut your spirit to smithereens. Left you questioning your identity, worth, or seriousness in following and honoring God.

Your gift is no ordinary gift.

It’s invisible.

It’s just for you and God to see.

Or maybe, sometimes, a select other few.

You’ll have other Christians approaching you about the importance of “doing something” for God, and your first, knee-jerk response may be to want to correct them: “Well, in fact, I already am.”

You’ll have people judging you, because apparently they have nothing better to do with their time than micromanage the people around them and make sure you’re “measuring up to God’s standards.”

Because, apparently, Christ’s work on the cross wasn’t enough to make us pleasing to God.

They will tell you that your offering is insufficient, unworthy, or pitiful in the eyes of God.

These people offer you bitter poison to drink, believing that it is an antidote to heal you of your impiety.

And they never stop to consider whether it may be they who are the impious ones – challenging, questioning the work of the Holy Spirit. Saying that your offering is not of God or the work of the Spirit.

These people seem to share the spirit of those who questioned the power behind the miracles of Jesus, saying that his work was of Satan (although they may not come out and overtly say or think that).

And we tend to believe what others think about us, drinking their words as if they were medicine and pure truth, and allowing their words to influence us, whether or not they should. I know I do. I allow other people to define me, and tell me which offerings of mine are valid – or perhaps which ones aren’t.

I think the greatest of us in heaven will generally be those who were the “least of us” here.

The socially rejected.

The legalistically chastised.

The forgotten widow and orphan.

The poor.

The stay-at-home mom.

The church “clean-up crew”.

The mentally ill.

The disabled.

I fancy that the “greatest” in heaven are likely to be:

– The man or woman who cooks meals for the widower.

– The people sitting in the back of the church, not the front. (I’m not actually saying anything’s sinful about the front pew, but am essentially referring to the people who come to seek and worship God, and not to merely maintain the appearance of devotion.)

– The young woman who was late to church because she stopped to buy groceries for the poor man on the street.

– The janitorial dude keeping the church facilities clean.

– The unrecognized missionary.

The “friend of sinners”, who is not afraid of befriending “outsiders” or unbelievers.

Neither gifts which are seen nor those which are unseen should be devalued. All gifts are precious, meaningful, and Divinely chosen. Each one crafted in love – yours with specifically you in mind.

You are standing before a King. Do not be ashamed to unwrap your gift. After all, He gave it to you. ❤

The Bleeding Blogger

One thought on “You Have a Gift

  1. isaiah46ministries says:

    Wonderful post. Well stated. I tell people that we all have something to give to God, because the Holy Spirit administers our gifts. I Walsh remind people to know what their gifts are not, so if you do not like smiling at people, do not become an usher, just to be seen.

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