According to the Bible, all humans were Created equal, for “the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7 NKJV). All humans have a body and a soul and are above the rest of the animal world. According to Jesus Christ, every “creature” who “believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Each Christian equally becomes “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV). Jesus taught “the kingdom of heaven” is like a man who, in giving talents to his servants, “to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability” (Matthew 25:14-15 NKJV). Humans are only “equal” in Creation and Re-creation, but are not equal in “abilities.”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
If God were to give you another talent or ability, what would you want it to be? Did you ever feel the need or desire to have a gift that you lacked? Have you ever asked the Lord for a talent you didn’t have, or tried to develop this ability in yourself?
Obviously, the Spirit gives gifts to whom he will, “distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things” (1 Cor. 12:11 NET). And we confess that “each has his own gift from God, one this way, another that” (1 Cor. 7: 7). And Paul says that “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29).
We ought not wish to be rid of one gift and desire another, for the sake of recognition or to impress, as did the Corinthians (see 1 Cor. 12-14). But surely we’ve had moments when we desired a different gift in order to be useful in the kingdom?
Teaching, says my wife, is my best gift. She usually says this after a sermon of mine.
A friend some years back told me, after listening to a lesson of mine, that writing was my talent.
So I get the feeling that my talent is what I’m not doing right then. 🙂
Seriously, the Lord has given me several gifts. I seek to use them for his honor. The ego would snatch them for its own glory. But the Lord knows how to knock the ego down to size.
Teaching and writing, then, with a bit of editing and some encouraging thrown in. Glory to God!