This weekend I had the blessing of helping out with a youth fine arts competition. The room I worked in featured musicians and dancers who amazed me with their abilities. Some of the youths were better than many of the adults I know!
Something happened I didn’t expect on Saturday. I saw the kids performing not necessarily to win a competition (although I know that had to be on their minds.) I saw many of the kids performing in worship to the Lord irregardless of everything else. The joy on their faces radiated to a point that you had to notice it. In a few cases, I missed part of their performances because I was amazed by the obvious connection they had with God in that moment.
It made think of the times I’ve used my talents for God but didn’t really take the time to really appreciate the honor of giving our gifts back to Him. I would be so focused on getting the job at hand done that I focused more on the gift and not the gift giver.
In many parts of our lives we run the risk of losing that awe of the Lord and the pure joy we can obtain from giving those gifts back to Him. It doesn’t matter if it’s an ability like the kids used this weekend in music or dance or if it’s a talent for being fast and accurate on adding numbers that you use as a job in accountancy. Your gifts are an opportunity for you to connect with Him on an intimate level that those around you can’t do.
God made you unique so you can uniquely worship with Him in an intimate relationship.
Don’t let the things of this world keep you from connecting with Him through those unique gifts.