Monday, February 9, 2009
Certaintly God wants to use our talents. After all He gave them to us. But along with the developing of our talents and spiritual gifts is the perfecting of our character. We are God's weapons; and if the weapon is to be effective, it must be polished and sharp.
You may not think of yourself as a weapon, but the metaphor is quite biblical. In Isaiah 49:2, Messiah is compared to a sharp sword and a polished arrow and "the sword of a mighty man". Paul used the image in Romans 6:13 where he admonished believers to yield their bodies to God "as instruments of righteousness"; and the word translated "instruments" means "tools", or "weapons".
Christian service means invading a battleground, not a playground; and you and I are the weapons God uses to attack and defeat the enemy. When God used Moses' rod, He needed Moses to lift it. When God used David's sling, He needed David's hand to swing it. When God builds a ministry, He needs somebody's surrendered body to get the job done.
There's no substitute for Christian character. No matter how much talent and training we may have, if we don't have character, we don't have anything. A holy life is a useful life. Life is built on character, but character is built on decisions. You are shaping your life by your thoughts, attitudes, and actions and becoming either more or less like Jesus Christ. The more you are like Christ, the more God can trust you with His blessing.
A holy life isn't the automatic consequence of reading the right books, listening to the right cd's, or attending the right meetings. It's the result of living a loving union with Jesus Christ and a life marked with godly discipline.
Remember we are truly Blessed Beyond our wildest imaginations. It is an Honor to be one of God's humble servant's.
Have a Blessed Week!