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
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-
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:
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.
THE CHURCH IS FEEBLE, UNPRODUCTIVE, BECAUSE IT KNOWS NOT THE WORD AND IT DENIES THE POWER THEREOF.
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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