Your Gift Will Make Room For You

I’ve heard many times your gift will make room for you. But what does that really mean?

God gives us all a gift — a natural or special ability, capacity, endowment, aptitude or talent. It’s natural and is distinct from being taught a skill. Someone with a gift is typically above average in that area.

Perhaps you can draw, paint or play an instrument very well. Someone else may write, sing, sew or cook. Maybe you’re good with numbers or words. Can you do wonders with gardens or work well with animals? Are you a master builder or sensational speaker?

Whatever you are naturally good at, sharpen it, use it and share it. Your gift will make room for you. Opportunities develop because someone has seen or heard about you using your gift. Isn’t that what happened with King David? His gift made room for him.

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David — Skillful on the Harp

Saul was the first king of Israel, but he did not follow God with his whole heart. God rejected Saul because he was rebellious, stubborn and disobedient. As a result, Saul was tormented by an evil spirit because the Spirit of the Lord left him.  When the Spirit of the Lord leaves a person, an evil spirit takes up residence.

1 Samuel 16:14-15

14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

David was a young shepherd who played the harp. People heard him and recognized how skillful he was.

When Saul was afflicted by the evil spirit, one of his servants referred David because he saw him demonstrate great skill on the harp. Yet, the skill alone was not highlighted. Saul’s servant praised David’s character, as well. David was valiant, prudent and comely. The cunning playing of the harp was icing on the cake.

1 Samuel 16:16-19

16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.
19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

David was summoned to stand before the king. When the evil spirit tormented Saul, David played music on the harp. Saul was refreshed and the evil spirit left him. Look at the beginning of music therapy!

1 Samuel 16:22-23

22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

Did David walk through pastures thinking he was going to be famous and perform music for the king? Probably not. He played because he could. God had given him a gift of music. David was a psalmist, songwriter and musician.

Your Gift

The most important thing about your gift is who you use it for. Do you use it for vain glory, selfish ambition or to the glory of God? I want you to look at Proverbs 18:16 again.

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

See that it does not say you will be rich and famous because of your gift. It does not say that your gift will be better than another person’s gift. It says it will make room for you and bring you before great men. It will open doors and give you access to people God wants to put you before.

Great Men & Women

King David is the perfect example of what Proverbs 18:16 says. His gift made room for him and he was brought before great men, including Saul’s son, Jonathan. Although Saul was rejected by God and the Spirit of the Lord was upon David, Saul still held his seat on the throne for a time.

Saul was a great man by definition because he was still sitting as king, although the kingdom was being wrest from his rule by God. David’s gift ushered him into an environment where he could learn firsthand the workings of governing a nation from beyond the flock to the king’s domain. Although Saul was rejected, God gave him mercy through David’s gift. Saul was refreshed.

We should stretch our definition of greatness. Great men and women aren’t just in the realm of government and corporate board rooms. Great men and women may be behind the walls of your city’s senior care homes. Great men and women may be on the sidelines in the church building.

Who are you sharing your gift with? Who have you refreshed with your gift?

Natural Vs. Spiritual

Keep in mind, natural gifts are not the same as spiritual gifts or gifts of the Spirit. Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and 1 Corinthians 12:28 outline the gifts of the Spirit. Be aware you must be born again and have the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:38, to have a spiritual gift. It is the Spirit of God who distributes spiritual gifts as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

What a blessing to have both natural and spiritual gifts to share with and encourage others to the glory of God.

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No Performers, Just Worshippers

I have a wise mother. Beautiful, Holy Ghost filled, and the meekest human I know. She blessed me one day when she shared what God told her a long time ago,

“I am not looking for performers. I am looking for worshippers.”

I often share this life-giving word with friends, especially those who have gifts that put them in the front of crowds.

On a personal note, I am an instructor and community health educator, which always puts me before large groups of people to speak and demonstrate. I am a singer/songwriter and spoken word artist. I often sing original songs of worship and praise at churches, as well as recite original poetry at special events. The words my mother shared with me helps to keep pride away, and refreshes the necessity of authenticity in the forefront of my mind.

Not Impressed

God is not impressed with how flawless your presentation is, but rather if it is done in Spirit and in truth. This is how we worship Him. You can be the best singer in the world, and even cover a song about Jesus, and yet you can walk off the stage without God having been glorified, and in His eyes you walk away unrecognized. Why? Because you can do things for selfishness, seeking vain glory. For you. In that moment you already have your reward. Applause. And it’s not His.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

When I talk about impression management, God reminds me that man is interested in manipulating and controlling how others think of him by shaping his own performance to get a desired response. But all that shaping may not be real. It may be a carefully constructed act, with all the props, costumes, and memorized lines. It may be everything to make for a successful, flawless performance, but it is rooted in lies and a lust for attention.

What God Wants

God wants us to simply be loving, truthful, merciful, righteous, forgiving, and authentic in Him and with others. This can only be done with the power of God dwelling on the inside. Pretending to be something you’re not while singing a spiritual song makes you a performer. Singing, playing an instrument, reciting poetry, painting a picture, etc., for the applause of man makes you a performer.

If we would spend more energy applying God’s Word so we can be acceptable in His sight, we’d see we cannot control what others think of us no matter how hard we try. We should remind ourselves to not perform for a crowd, but to use our gifts to edify one another and to glorify God.

Beloved, ask yourself these questions. Do you allow God to use you? Or do you use God by propping up yourself on a Christian platform?

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

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Giving the Gift of Pearls this Winter

Winter is now coming to an end and for those with wedding anniversaries, birthdays, graduations or any form of celebration over the coming months, it can sometimes be difficult to think of an ideal gift for someone special. Fine pearl jewelry is an excellent example of a gift that a woman will always appreciate and love for considerable time to come.

Classic elegance and sophistication has made luxury pearls such a mainstay of gift giving. With a complexity of color and a flattering luster, these unique gems are simply magical. Anyone lucky enough to receive a luxury pearl necklace or a breath-taking pair of pearl earrings this winter will certainly find it difficult to hide their delight.

If you are thinking of finding some beautiful pearl gifts over the next few months, the exquisite examples of luxury pearl jewelry below may help you—regardless of the occasion for which you are thinking about.

Multi-Colored Freshwater Pearl Rope Necklace

Multi-Colored Freshwater Pearl Rope Necklace

An undeniably elegant sautoir pearl necklace would be the perfect gift for a birthday or wedding anniversary. This superbly stylish rope style pearl necklace will acquire admirers aplenty for the sensuous lavender, apricot and pink colors of its pearls. These pearls are cultured in Freshwater mussels in southern China and would look divine when paired with a long, flowing winter coat.

 Pink Button Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings

Pink Button Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings

Pearls have a unique quality to their luster that brings them to life and makes them truly stand out from the crowds. The wonderfully attractive pink button Freshwater pearl earrings depicted would be an ideal gift for a mother, daughter or girlfriend, such is their instant appeal and pretty color. The excellent earrings shown are finished with an 18 carat yellow gold ear post and will match extremely well with winter colors.

White Keshi Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

White Keshi Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

This unusual pearl bracelet will certainly be a well-received Valentine’s Day gift for any woman and this type of jewelry also proves extremely popular for other special occasions. The white Keshi Freshwater bracelet pictured is something a little out of the ordinary and the unusual and non-symmetrical appearance of the pearls adds to their appeal. The word ‘keshi’ means ‘poppy’ in Japanese, so be sure to remember this fact if you plan on giving this exceptional Freshwater pearl bracelet as a gift this winter.

*All jewelry images are copyright and used with permission of Winterson Pearl Jewellery.
 
Author’s Bio: Leo Parker is a luxury lifestyle and fashion blogger with a love of the finer things in life. He regularly writes content on behalf of a number of lifestyle and luxury blogs and magazines.

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