The root of talent
Have you ever look at another person and wish you were a little more like them? Lets be honest. Or view their status and wonder why you have not reach the status that they have reached? If that person of status is a follow of Christ or maybe if they are not, do we recognize that God has given them gifts and talents and do we praise God for using those gifts and talents in such a way that He has or is? Or do we say that this person has done good for themself through his or her hard work and dedication. They have a great education, respectful job, financially secure, has a heart for God and people, is well liked in their community… In honest, would we say, “They have done good for themselves” rather than saying, “God has done a great work in their life.”
We cannot give anyone on this earth credit or honor without seeing the reality of God’s hand being the force that has given the gifts and talents for the honor received. Anything other than that is robbing God’s glory. God is the authority. If we recognize God as the authority giver, the talent provider, the character builder, I believe there would be no envy.
There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called– one LORD, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
1 Corinthians 14:12
So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.