(Note: the first post on Burying Talent was on October 25, 2018.)
Jonah 1:1-3 (NIV) "1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord."
I was recently at a church service. I heard this young lady sing. The voice that came out of her was unexpected. It was a husky voice that connected the writer's words with the Spirit of the Living God. Here's the thing about using your talent. It's not about you. Talent wasn't designed for your glory. When you use your talent, God's glory shines through. This young singer sang with the spirit of someone twice her age whom had been through some things. Of someone whom had been buried and was now free. Her heart poured out through her voice which allowed the Spirit of God to reign and not just show up. Because there is a difference. Kings reign. When you get to the place where you are using your talent for God's glory, never forget that He reigns. He bestowed the talent upon you for others to see, feel, hear, taste, and smell. But it wasn't so they could edify you. He gave you this gift so it could be used to free them from their bondage. My late grandmother, Maggielean, had a gift of love. She loved you so hard, you wanted to bask in it and never let it go. She transitioned to heaven when I was 16. At 42, her love is still a constant in my life. That's what your talent is suppose to do. Its suppose to be able to transcend time. To be there as a means for another to grasp onto and hold on until the end of time. My grandmother's love is a staple within our family. It helped to form many of us into whom we are. I had her on earth with me for 16 years, but her love has remained a constant 26 years after she went home to God. Using your talent wisely will break yokes, deliver the bound, heal the sick, and so much more. BUT, please be careful. This God given talent is nothing to play with. Your usage will leave a lasting impression....good or bad. Be A Blessing and Not Just Blessed