the ability which God giveth: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As a young man, I was sure I would become a rich, famous and much loved, musician.

In reality, I have supplemented my income, for 50 years by playing  piano.  The painful truth is, no one comes specifically to hear me play.

If you happen to hear me play, you might recognize the tune and hum along, but I wouldn’t  dazzle you with frills or cause chills to run up your spine.


I never worked beyond the basic skills I acquired as a child.  As a result, I make a pleasent, un-remarkable noise.

I am not alone in this.  Many of us have not bothered to increase our basic skill or ability.

We see this in many occupations and trades.  There are the few, who are exceptional and most of the others are competent.

We all have been  given some basic skill and or ability by God, we must multiply it.

abil·i·ty\ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\  (Websters dictionary)
: the power or skill to do something
Full Definition
1 a : the quality or state of being able ; especially : physical, mental, or legal power to perform
b : competence in doing : skill
2 : natural aptitude or acquired proficiency

Synonyms: capability, capableness, capacity, competence, competency, faculty-

Our abilities:

We are recognized and rewarded in life:
~”according to his ability

We give and help others:
~”They gave after their ability

~”We after our ability have redeemed our brethren

We gain employment, promotion, gifts:
~”and such as had ability in them

~”to every man according to his several ability;”

~”Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,”

You may want to stop reading now.  I am about to tread on some toes, hurt some feelings, lose some friends.

Many Pastors and Teachers are working without ever increasing their basic skills and abilities.

It is easy to read and share scripture without imparting the depth and power that resides therein.

In other words, to make a pleasent, un-remarkable noise, that doesn’t do much. 

It is not how much scripture you memorize, or know, but how much of the author you allow to reside within and walk with.

Once again, look at this scripture:

Deuteronomy 29:29
King James Version (KJV)
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

We have no business in the Lords secret things, but a responcibility to know, accept and increase our knowledge and abilities of that which is revealed.

Saints, Pastors, Teachers….the Gifts of the Spirit were given to build His Church.  I know I am a broken record, but we need to open and learn how to use the Gifts.

The devil has lied and caused the Church to be afraid of the fulness and power of God.

He has the Church fighting itself, with one hand tied behind its back.


We should be asking, seeking and knocking until we see and believe in the signs and wonders following.

Jesus said they would follow.  If we do not experience them; the problem is with us.

The PROBLEM is always with us.


We need to learn to use the full keyboard of Gods Gifts, not just the few we are confortable with.

1 Peter 4:11
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;” (in the power and majesty of God); “if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth:” (it is our responcibility to increase our basic, God given abilities):  “that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

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Know you are loved.

7 thoughts on “the ability which God giveth: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

  1. “We need to learn to use the full keyboard of Gods Gifts, not just the few we are comfortable with.” Bill, this is wonderful, soooo very needed right now in the American church. Please, Lord, help me not to be complacently competent, but always “striving for what lies ahead.”


  2. But if we speak with the tongues of men and angels…

    At this stage in my walk this thing called love and how to work it out is my craving and passion. To have all walls down to receive God’s pleasure and delight in me and to unreservedly and fully loving Him back and passing His delight and passionate love on to all I meet.

    Yesterday at Lake Arrowhead I called out to a fisherman with his catch to hold it up and pose for the camera. He invited me down to take his pole and try my hand. I shared how God put in my heart to paint a fly fisherman for my ailing friend who was an avid fly fisherman. This lead to a wonderful discussion of God’s love and delight in us. I told my new friend, Frank, God thinks you are adorable! He said no way but I assured Frank that was true. Then Frank said so many in the church seem to just add to the problems in our communities and the world. And I said if we were truly representing God and passing on the GOOD NEWS that He totally is for us and delights in us instead of being disappointed in and mad at us we would be the light He says we are and life in our communities and the world would be a lot sweeter.


  3. Amen! I loved this. It is one thing to learn to be content in all things, but it is another to just get stuck there. God is rich, abundant, He multiples and overwhelms us with His blessings and they are as infinite as He is.


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