The Gift God Gave You Will Make a Way for You!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:7).
The Gift that God Gave You Will Make a Way for You!
Good Morning and Welcome! I thank God that we can share His table again this week, giving Him honor and glory forever and evermore. I welcome you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our King of kings and Lord of lords. How are you doing so far at the beginning of this year?
I hope and pray that you are staying the course. It is only the third week of January! Really? Yes, really. Have you been talking about giving up? STOP!! It is not time to do that. It is time to say, “This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I am going to start this in a whole different way than I was planning to. Sometimes things will not go according to our thinking, right? How many of you wanted to start something, and ended up changing every part of it? Then you say, “Something made me change that.” I tell you, most of the time, the Holy Spirit is the One Who changes things in our life. Remember: for the good of those who love Him.
The above Scripture talks about Jesus Christ, Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will never change.
Did you know that some people do not like change? Yet even those people realize that seasonal change has many benefits. They understand that the earth needs a rest between the growing seasons. What it needs is to gather nutrients and become ready for the coming growing seasons. They understand that there is a time of plenty and there is also time of lack. They appreciate the different kinds of beauty that accompany each of the seasons.
That is why God established the different seasons of the year. He is the One who created climate differences. Yes, He made the tropic, and He made Antarctica. He is the One Who is responsible for making the ocean, and the mountains. He is the founding Father of seasonal change.
Now let’s get to my point. There is nothing that is permanent except God and His promises! The leaves may fall from the trees, the weather may change, but God never changes. We found that out in our Scripture today. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Moreover, God, the Unchanging One, Who set up the ever-changing seasons of the earth and of our lives, knew what He was doing. For one reason, He wanted His people to understand that they do not need to worry about their lives. You see, whatever is happening is not permanent. God is in charge of all of the changes.
So therefore, it does not matter what is happening because it cannot last. There will be an end to every crisis. In essence, it does not matter if what is happening seems good to you or if it seems bad. It will change eventually, and your God has orchestrated the changing.
You know, seasons are His way of guaranteeing improvement. That means that seasonal change is one of His most consistent ways of bringing hope. What am I saying? I am saying this means that you do not throw your hope away, even in the darkest season of your life. No matter how cold you get in the winter months you would not throw away your swimming trunks. You know that summer is approaching, and will come around once again. You will not need those long-sleeve pullovers that you are wearing right now, in the middle of the winter. You will need those swim trunks when you jump in the water to go swimming.
Now in the same way, when a “wintery” economic season comes upon you, do not throw away your bank account, even if it seems useless. Just leave some money in it to keep it open. And why is this? It is because the season is coming when you will be able to add more money to it again.
You see, everything is seasonal - both times of plenty and times of poverty. Winter never stays. Neither does summer. Employment and unemployment, they are seasonal. If you are unemployed, then a time of employment lies ahead. And if this is the season for you to leave your job, then a better job is lining up ahead.
You have to close out one chapter in order to open up the next one. Most of the time, you have to get ready for a chapter that is bigger and better than the one before. To everything there is a season, and times of crisis are temporary. That is good!
So let me give you some word of wisdom seeds! Do not stop here. Turn your attention to what I am about to say.
By means of the seed principle, it is God who sustains life. If the seeds are managed properly, life will not die out. Season after season, everything will grow and bear more fruit. As many of us know, Jesus taught us to pray: “Give us this day our daily bread,” – but God doesn’t have any bread growing on trees. He does not give us bread outright - He gives us seed. He gives us wheat, oats, barley, and other kinds of seeds that reproduce enough seed kernels to be put through a grinding process to make flour, which then is made into bread. That is a part of how changes come. We have to look at it the way God has planned for us.
Now, I want to continue with talking about vision because it is part of our changing seasons. We started the beginning of this year looking at this, and now we start with a very straight forward question: How is the fulfillment of vision meant to work in practical terms?
In Proverbs 18:16 it says a very powerful statement that reveals the answer. “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” What it means is, you were designed to be known for your gift.
In each one of us, God has put a gift or talent that the world will make room for. Now it is this same gift that will enable you to fulfill your vision. It will make a way for you in life. What brings it out is exercising this gift. In doing that, you will find real fulfillment, purpose, and contentment in your work.
You know, it is very interesting to note that the Bible does not say that a man’s education makes room for him, but that his gift does. Yet, somehow we have swallowed the idea that education is the key to success. So, our families and society have reinforced this idea, but we will have to change our perspective if we are to be truly successful.
Please do not misunderstand me. Of course I believe in education. I will even talk more about the important of education shortly. But let me just make a very bold statement here. If education were the key to success, then everyone who earned a Ph.D. should be financially secure and happy.
Do you see my point here? So if you are intelligent but are not exercising your gift, well, let me say this: you’re probably going to be poor. Moreover, if you are educated but have not developed your talent, you’re likely to be depressed, frustrated, and very tired. Not only that, but you will hate going to work every Monday morning.
Aha! I told you I am going to be driving about in your neighborhood. Now I remember that song by Mr. Rogers from when I was growing up. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Would you be mine? Oh, what were we talking about? Right, vision. Let’s provoke you some more. In a loving way!
The truth is, there are those who have many different degrees, even degrees in finance, who have a hard time making ends meet. Doesn’t that make you really nervous when people who don’t have any money try to tell you how to make a million dollars?
So education, in itself, doesn’t guarantee anything; it is your gift that is the key to your success. Let’s go a little bit further. In the second part of Proverbs 18:16, it says, “A man’s gift… brings him before great men”. Let me talk to you some more. Did you know, and don’t you realize, that the gift that you’re sitting on is loaded?
Well, to give you some more hints, the world won’t move over for you just because you’re smart. Whenever you exercise your gift, however, the world will not only make room for you, but will also pay for it. So anyone, to include yourself, who discovers his or her gift and develops it, will become a commodity. Yes Sireee!!!
Now if you are a young person in high school or college who is planning your career, don’t do what people say will make you wealthy. Instead, do what you were born to do. That is where you will make your money. No matter how big the world is, there’s a place for you in it when you discover and manifest your gift.
In closing today, let me give you some examples. First, it was Michelangelo who poured his life into his art. That is why we still remember him five hundred years after he lived. Remember Beethoven and Bach? They put themselves wholly into their work, and their music lives forever. I still listen to them every now and then.
What about Alexander Graham Bell who believed that sound could be converted into electrical impulses and transmitted by wire? Well, no one can remember the people who thought Bell was crazy; we remember the man who was a visionary to create the telephone.
As I said before, anyone who develops his or her gift will become a commodity. So, if you do things in a halfway manner, you will probably be able to find some sort of job, yet you are going to simply be a mediocre employee. It is when you decide that you’re going to find something that is truly yours that you will find your gift, fulfill your vision, and be remembered by others. Have a great week and God Bless you to be a Blessing!
Today, for this devotional’s prayer time, just worship the Lord wherever you are at and thank Him for your gift. Thank Him for who you are and where you are going. Ask Him to show you your vision and find your gift so you can be a blessing to your environment. Play a worship song and be at His rest!
Thought: Your gift will be your commodity in life!
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