Talent…A Pre-Requisite?

March 18, 2006 at 8:28 pm | Posted in Character in Today's World, Christianity | 14 Comments

Christians across the world could be doing so much more for Christ, so why aren’t they?

Many times, they don’t feel that they’re qualified, or equipped. They don’t think that they are as good at something as another person. And you know what? They might be right. They may not be as talented as another person. But that doesn’t change God’s call. God still wants you to do what He wants you to do.

So in church, we cry out to God, “God! Equip me! Give me what I need to evangelize for the glory of your name!” And there is nothing wrong with that. That is, to an extent. We do it every Sunday, and we never get any closer. We never feel ready, equipped, and bold. You can’t get any closer to being ready, than when you’re ready! Now, that’s a pretty bold statement to make. And it’s But it’s backed by scripture and other people. I’ve heard it said, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” Philippians 4:13, says “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” If you have Christ, you have everything you need to be successful, and advance his kingdom! The only thing that God requires you to have to be His servant, is a personal relationship with His Son. That’s it. You don’t need to be a great speaker. You don’t need to be good looking. You don’t need to be the smartest kid in your class, home, or city. You just need Jesus.

Does that mean you’re perfect? No. Does that mean you won’t stumble? No. Does that mean you won’t have weaknesses, trials, or tribulations? No. But that doesn’t matter. God willing, I’ll look at this in a future post or series, but for now, just know that suffering and the will of God are not at odds. Many times Biblical characters were in the center of God’s will and they were suffering. However, for now, just know that you will stumble. And know that your weaknesses don’t hinder God. In fact, 2 Corinthians 12:9a says, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. Praise God! And this was Paul’s reaction, “…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Now, this is not to take away from talent. Not at all. Talent is great! And we should do all that we do, with excellence, as if doing unto the Lord. And of course, we can’t forget about maturity and experience.But I simply wanted to point out, that we don’t need talent or ability to accomplish for God. It’s not a pre-requisite. So let’s go on! Let’s accomplish for Him! If we have Him, we need nothing else.



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  1. Right on, Shmarsh!
    I think it’s interesting to look back at biblical examples of that.People like Isaiah (“I am a man of unclean lips!”), Moses (“I am slow of speech”), Esther (“Perhaps you are come for such a time as this”) and scores of others. None of them felt equipped, worthy, or ready for the task ahead. But I Chronicles 16:9 says that God searches the whole world over for people through whom he is able to show himself strong. The amazing paradox? I think so. None of them went in search of fame, glory, or greatness. Either for themselves, or God. They were simply ready when God called. Sure, there were reservations and questions, but when God gave each of them the opportunity, everything fell before their willingness to serve.

    “Here am I, send me.”

  2. Thanks for the encouragement! I also like the psalmist’s metaphor:

    “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.” -Psalm 18:33

  3. Honest question: What are you doing about it, Marshall Sherman?

  4. Ditto to what Rachel said

  5. Good post. It goes along with what I’ve been thinking about and learning lately. Just have faith, and we can move mountains!

  6. “If you have Christ, you have everything you need to be successful, and advance his kingdom!”

    so encouraging. something i wish i believed more often. way more often.

    you rock, my friend.

  7. Ah, that is very encouraging. One of my favorite examples is of the judge Gideon. He had some talent (resourcefulness) but God is the one who ultimately used that and His own power, then claimed the victory as His.

  8. I so agree.

  9. YES YESYES YES YESYES. Good post. Golly, that’s pretty much it… good post. I could just keep saying that in different forms… sweeeeetness, bajooooli, pickliferousness dude. I’ll stop now. Glad I crack you up. : )


  10. Just blog hopping, perhaps will make a stop here more often.

  11. UPDATE! 😛

  12. I shall second David. =)

    Very nice I must say.

  13. I am so glad Rebelution recommended your blog! This is excellent(and also something I need to think about for a while).

    My favorite verses on that heading are 1st Cor. 1:26-31

  14. This really hit the heart!! And it’s so true! Great word! It’s so consitant with everything else I’ve seen today, don’t focus on your inability, and someone elses ability over yours, focus on Gods ability.

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