Equalizer? (03.03..11—Valor!--2 Corinthians 12:9)
May I ask you a question? Instead of making all things equal, does God use inequality, a disparity of skills, to get the job done His way?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Life is full of disparities and nowhere is that more apparent than when it comes to talent. One person is good with figures where the next has problems making change. Another is comfortable speaking in front of groups while another is scared speechless. Did you ever wonder why God just doesn’t dole out talents equally? For example, wouldn’t a lot more good get accomplished in this world if everyone had the same level of talent? Just think of what a better world we’d live in if there were more scientists, more musicians, more teachers, more of everyone with a high level of talent and skill. On the face of it would seem that equal levels of talent would bring greater wealth, more success and less failure.
It would seem that God, on the other hand, had a much better and more efficient idea when it comes to getting the job done. Instead of making all things equal, he uses inequality, a disparity of skills, to get the job done His way.
Here's a story: Mstislav "Slava" Rostopovich is a world-famous cellist. Since his exile from his native Russia in 1974, he has lived in the West. He is currently music director of the National Symphony Orchestra here in Washington. In 1991, after the melt-down in the Soviet Union, Kremlin hard-liners intent on restoring a Soviet state, pulled an August Coup against the Boris Yeltsin government. At the time "Slava" was in Paris. Instead of scurrying back to the U.S. and safety, he and his family flew straight home to Moscow. There, he took up his place in the "White House," the Russian Federation Building that President Boris Yeltsin and his elected allies vowed to hold against every assault. In the darkened corridors, someone gave him a Kalashnikov automatic rifle, but he returned it. Rather, he took out his cello and gave an impromptu recital to break the awful tension of the siege. (Washington Watch, Vol. 2, No. 11, September, 1991.)
The Apostle Paul was certainly a man of great valor, able to endure many things for Christ. He was also a man of many talents and skills. However, he often spoke of a “thorn” in his flesh that just wouldn’t go away. It hindered his ministry. He took his concerns to God and the answer was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weak- ness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God’s design for ministry has little to do with our strength and everything to do with His. He uses our weakness, perhaps our lesser degree of talent or even courage, to do great and valorous things through us. In this way He is glorified and we are not. Is there something in your life that makes you afraid? Do you feel sometimes that you lack the courage to make a difference? Perhaps you need to focus on some little talent you may have overlooked? Offer it up to God today in prayer. Your imperfect talent may easily become His perfect tool to empower His will in your life.
We pray. Heavenly Father, You use our weakness, perhaps our lesser degree of talent or even courage, to do great and valorous things every day. We praise You because You are glorified and we are not. There are things that make us afraid? Sometimes we feel we lack the courage to make a difference in life? Help us to focus on some little talent we may have overlooked. Dear Lord we prayer that our imperfect talent may easily become Your perfect tool to empower Your will in our life.. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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