One of the ways God speaks to us is by constantly bringing something to our attention. He can use different sources to repeat the same message to you and highlight what He wants to say. If God is speaking to you about losing weight, someone might suggest that you may be looking “well” and then later that day you see a weight loss advert and when you get home, you find the scale peeping at you from under the bed.
I believe God has been speaking to me about BEING SKILLFUL, and I want to share some thoughts on how we can apply some of these ideas to our lives.
“He has filled them with SKILL to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or SKILLED designer.” Exodus 35:35
We are all born with a Gift. It is that talent that comes to you naturally that you don’t have to try very hard to be good at it. However, by constantly working at that gift, we not only get better at it but we also line ourselves up with Gods Word.
Jesus tells a parable of the Talents. (Matthew 25:14-30) The master gave his servants talents (money) and expected a return on what he gave. Two of the three servants brought back a handsome return and the third buried it and brought back what he was given.
The gift that we are given is meant for us to exploit. We please God by using our gifts and learning to BE SKILLFUL with them. Being skillful means that we must dedicate time to master that gift and be really good at it.
Become so good that you don’t just practice to get it right, you practice so that you can’t get it wrong.
Be weary of distractions. EVERYWHERE you turn there is a distraction. It is going to require discipline to focus on perfecting your gift. I have found that setting a small goal of working for 5 uninterrupted minutes gets me in to a flow that allows me to go for longer. Some days, I have to leave my phone in a different room or make sure I don’t have wifi on my laptop so I can concentrate on my work.
Throw yourself in the deep end. Showcase who you are and don’t be afraid of the gift you have. Use that gift at whatever level it is at and aim high. When the servants started multiplying their gifts, it started with just what they had and then it grew from there. An inspirational quote I read a few years ago said, “Don’t stop until your idols become your rivals”. Imagine looking up to Michael Phelps (World’s number 1 swimmer and most decorated Olympian of all time) as a kid and then one day racing against him at the Olympics. Joseph Schooling did it and won and broke the world record. What an accomplishment!
What is your gift? And what are you doing to perfect you skill?
Your Talent is God’s gift to you, what you do with it is your gift to God!