No Talent Required
This week a formerly homeless man, Mike Yung, got a record deal at 56 years old after singing in the subway for over 20 years. It reminded me of the many people I have encountered that can sing beautifully. In fact some of them can “sang”! But they’ve never gotten a record deal or traveled outside of their hometown to perform.
Have you ever thought about how throughout the world there are thousands and thousands of people who have beautiful singing voices that never get “discovered”? Is it that they have this exceptional talent just so they can sing for family and friends and YouTube?
The fact is any talent we have, we only have it to glorify God with. There are people all over the world who play instruments, dance, sing, write, paint and never make a living at it. God is not wasteful. He wouldn’t give you a talent for you to waste it. The problem is that as humans we think it is wasted if we don’t make it big and get contracts for millions of dollars.
The gifts and talents we are given are for God. The Bible tells us all to sing, no matter how “good” you are at it. It is a command.
“Let Christ’s word with all its wisdom and richness live in you. Use psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts. Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17).
So many will never get a record deal or a role in a production because that wasn’t why they were given their talent. But God will be most pleased to see you sing or dance before Him. And again, please understand this is for all Christians, not just if you’ve been told you can sing or dance well. We are all to sing before the Lord and dance to give Him praise.
Lucifer was crafted by God with musical instruments as parts of his body and he had precious stones all over his body to reflect the light and glory of God. He was the head of worship. But we all know he lost his position and was cast down from the mountain of God (Ezekiel 28).
But God still requires worship. So it is the Saints that are to reflect the glory of God and offer up pure worship using the instrument that God built into our bodies—our voice.
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:1-4).
So if you are not one to sing or dance in your worship time, I ask you to please add it. It will strengthen your relationship with God and take you to deeper levels in your relationship with Him. David was certainly a flawed man but he was also blessed because he spent his life dancing, singing and playing music to God. And though he got himself into some situations, God always delivered him because David was a worshipper.
“But I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will joyfully sing about your mercy. You have been my stronghold and a place of safety in times of trouble. O my strength, I will make music to praise you! God is my stronghold, my merciful God!” (Psalm 59:16-17).
Cultivate the lifestyle of a worshipper and you will see and feel a stronger presence of God in your life. And it will be wonderful!!!
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