Has God given everyone at least one gift? You know, I think we sometimes look at what God has given us and make the paralyzing mistake of comparing our gifts or talents with those of others. That is exactly what the enemy of your soul wants you to do – he would like nothing better than to see you paralyzed, believing that somehow your gift is not good enough for God’s use – so you just sit back and let someone else serve instead. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen that. I think it’s satan’s favorite pastime.
Another sad scenario is when some people in the church begin to compare and pit two similarly gifted people against each other. I’ve been in that situation and I can’t think of anything that is more hurtful and damaging to a soul – it’s what the Bible calls A STUMBLING BLOCK. When I hear people tell me that they think I’m better at (fill in the blank) than someone else – I try to stop it in its tracks! We’re not in the church to be playing AMERICAN IDOL – which, by the way, is a terrible name for a program (have the producers not read the Old Testament)?
Churches are filled with lost souls who have been saved and redeemed by a loving and kind Savior. None of us deserve salvation, do we? We’re all just trying to serve Him the best way we know how – and it’s because we love HIM – not because we’re in some church competition with anyone. Always encourage people to use their gifts to serve. If there are 15 pianists in your church and you think some are better than others (which, I mean – duh – there will be some better than others)… encourage each and every one of them – period. No comparisons… no mention of how good one is or how not so good another is – no! God gave all 15 pianists TALENT and wants them to use that gift to further HIS kingdom. The church needs to buy a clue and quit copying the world – stop it!
My eyes were opened when I was part of a Southern Gospel group years ago. We traveled as a caravan around Kansas and Oklahoma, playing concerts along the way. I was never more unhappy and unfulfilled than I was then – it was honestly a reminder of the old BATTLE OF THE BANDS. I just wanted to go home and play piano in my home church, where I thought the people who knew and understood me would forgive a sour note here and there. I wasn’t cut out to perform – that’s not who God made me to be.
We serve the Lord with the best we have to give – no matter what gift He has given us. There’s a place to serve the Lord – for all of us. There should be room for every gift without being compared to anyone else.
I’ve said this time and again… but I will say it again – it’s not about us anyway. It’s about God, His grace, mercy, love and promises to us. What we give back is our response to all that He’s done for us. We go and tell and share because He commands that we do that. We use the gifts from His hand to that end. That’s what it’s about. We teach, pray, study, and serve others with the light we’ve been given from God through Christ Jesus!
Even if you think one person is better at (fill in the blank) than another… please don’t voice that opinion. It’s the most hurtful thing that a person can do and is a stumbling block. It may seem that you’re encouraging the one – which is okay – but don’t do it by discouraging the other. I’ve been on both sides of that fence and it’s so hurtful when you’re the one who doesn’t quite have what it takes like the other person does. People have stopped using their gifts because of that very thing. It’s just not a good idea to compare people’s gifts. Let’s just be thankful that people are willing to volunteer their time and share their talents.
Serve to spread the gospel in any way you can. We don’t keep the gospel of Christ tucked safely away and say… “Yay – I’m saved – that’s all that matters.” The word gospel means GOOD NEWS – and it is to be shared. If there is a way for you to share with a gift that God gave you… then it’s what you should do! 🙂