I have often lamented, as have those around me, that I can’t sing very well.
But at the same time I thank God that I wasn’t given talent. I could have become a wildly successful singer, like one very talented star who ended up with three divorces, a bankruptcy, and a serious drug problem, saying as his last words, “I have wasted so much time.”
When I look back on my youth, I had no talent, wasn’t good at sports, wasn’t particularly popular, lacked personal confidence, and was just above average academically.
And so when I came to God at the age of twenty-two, I couldn’t offer Him an ability to lead worship, sing, or preach. But there was one thing I did have: my nothingness.
Any who can sing and dance are able to do those things only because God gave them the talent to do so. The Scriptures ask the rhetorical question, “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7).
But if you and I don’t have talent, what can we do? If everything anyone has came from God, what on earth can I do that will please Him? Surely Almighty God is beyond being impressed by anything.
“There is something that impresses God, and it doesn’t take any talent. It’s faith.”
Think of a little child who wants to impress his father. He knows that when his dad gets home after a hard day’s work, he grabs the iPad and sits in his favorite chair. So the child gets his tablet for him, and that pleases his father.
There is something that impresses God, and it doesn’t take any talent. It’s faith. The Bible tells us that on one occasion, the faith of one man made Jesus “marvel” (Luke 7:9).
What does our Father want? He wants us to reach out to the unsaved. It is His will that none perish (2 Peter 3:9). He even commanded us to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). Evangelism is God’s “tablet.”
If you want to please your Father, step out in faith with the gospel. Step out of the boat and walk on water. Does that thought scare you? Do it anyway. If you begin to sink, you can be sure Jesus will take you by your hand and lift you up (Matthew 14:29–31).
“Love will ignore fear; it will think of others rather than itself. People are going to Hell, and love must warn them.”
Plead with God to deepen your love. Love will ignore fear; it will think of others rather than itself. People are going to Hell, and love must warn them. You could start doing that by handing out gospel tracts. Make it a habit for life.
And as you one day lay your talentless head on your deathbed, you will look back and say, “Although I lacked talent, I have faithfully served my Father all of my life, and He has never let me down.” You will not have wasted a moment of your time, and you will say in your heart, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord ushering sinners into the Kingdom, than to have the talent of the greatest of painters, the voice of the sweetest of singers, and the riches of all the world’s billionaires combined.”