‘A [gift] is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor: wherever he turns, he prospers.’ Proverbs 17:8 NKJV
Paul speaks of ‘the gift of God’ in you (2 Timothy 1:6 NIV). It isn’t something you learn; it’s something He gives you, and nobody else can activate it for you. You ‘stir’ it up by developing and using it. Solomon said, ‘A [gift] is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor: wherever he turns, he prospers.’ Your gift will enrich many different areas in your life, not all of which are financial. While money is the wrong reason to devote your life to something, developing your God-given gift is rewarding on multiple levels.
Unfortunately, many people are jealous of other people’s gifts. Don’t waste time on jealousy; it’s a gift-robber, an energy-drain, and besides, you should be so busy stirring up your own gift that you’ve no time for envy. When Louis Armstrong auditioned for music school, he was asked to sing scales. But he could only sing two notes properly, so they wrote him off. Armstrong cried when he was rejected, but later told his friends, ‘There’s music in me and they can’t keep it out.’ Consequently, he went on to become one of the world’s most successful, beloved musicians, selling more records than others who were more talented. We’re all born originals, but many of us settle for becoming carbon copies. Think: if you become like everybody else and join the rat race, even if you do win, that just makes you a big rat!
Your gift will make room for you (Proverbs 18:16). So go ahead and fill the slot God designed for you.
Luke 1:26-56, Luke 2:1-52, John 2:1-12