Mark 4:24 Then Jesus added,
close attention to what you hear.
The closer you listen, the more
understanding you will be given;
and you will receive even more.
those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given.
for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they
have will be taken away from them."
I have a Life Application Bible - a good investment.
has commentary at the bottom of the pages about various selected verses
on the page. It's a really good tool when reading the Bible.
used it for many years until my copy literally fell apart. It took me a
while to find another one in the first addition of the NLT. It's print
is a bit small, making it hard to read. But that's okay - I now read out
of a giant print copy of the NLT.
I HEARD ALL THOSE TACKY THINGS Y'ALL JUST THOUGHT!!! ;-)
Anyway... here's what it says especially about verse 25...
verse simply means that we are responsible to use well what we have.
How much we have is not nearly as important as what we do with it."
So, it's not so much about what talents, strengths, giftings, etc that we have that is crucial.
It's what we let God do with those talents, strengths, & giftings that's pivotal.
of my life, I've felt kinda like I've been operating out of my depth.
So much of the things I've been able to be & do haven't been so much
that I've so stupendously talented, but because for some reason God has
given me favor - and sometimes pulled a rabbit out of a hat!
remember in June of 2009 (was that REALLY 5 years ago?!!!) we were
enjoying good crowds at House of Grace (a 20something ministry I was
leading at the time) when one night that month our attendance spiked
And it held for the rest of the year!!!
remember walking around that night in a room bursting with people and a
Holy Spirit vibe, asking God "what in the world?!" ( yeah, I have DEEP
thoughts all the time ;-) LOL )
Clear as a bell, this still, small voice dropped this thought into my head...
"This isn't you, this is Me."
I said all that to say this...
It's all about the favor of God.
can be brilliantly talented, with a glittering personality, planning
out the wazoo, & enough people working with us that we could charge
Hell with water pistols - but if we don't have His favor behind us,we
don't have a chance.
At the same time, not matter our gifting,
great or small, if we have the His favor backing us up, what we are or
are doing is unstoppable.
I've seen it way too many times in my own life, & in the lives of others.
may be someone who feels insignificant, ill equipped, dull, slow,
boring, or just incapable. (I've felt that way more than once!)
delights in using someone who feels like that - because the world says
only those who are glitteringly glamorous will be successful.
who have impact & significance are people who are surrendered to
Him, available for His use, in whatever ways He sees fit. The outcome is
ALWAYS determined by Him.
I don't know who this epistle is
for - maybe it was just for me. I hope if it was for you, you will
hitch up your drawers & walk toward & walk in what you know He's
wanting you to be &/or do.
With His favor behind you, you're unstoppable.