I have a problem.
A problem that most people seem to struggle with.
I know what I need to do.
I know who I need to be.
I know what I need to accomplish.
Yet, most days, I just don’t act.
Nike, says it plain and simple…JUST DO IT.
We all have our gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. Gifts that we MUST use to help glorify the Lord and better the world. Gifts we must use to build up others in our community. If you don’t believe that you have any gifts, you are wrong.
There is something that distinguishes you.
Gifts you have that separate you from the rest of the world.
For me, I did not believe I had any gifts of my own. I had trouble believing that my gifts really were unique. It took me a long time to listen to my friends and even strangers. Frankly, I think I ignored their encouragement for a reason.
To be told you have a gift makes you responsible. It is a call to make a move and impact the world. It is the world crying out asking you to open the door for others.
Responsibility is scary.
Let’s imagine this scenario real quick.
Imagine a giant door right in front of you. The door is ten inches thick of silver metal. You are in a white walled room. On the door is a giant lock. You can barely move in this room because there are so many people crammed into it. You look in your hand and you have a key. Everyone around you also has a key. Every key is different. They have all tried to open the door but nothing. It won’t budge. Their keys won’t fit into the lock.
They look towards you.
“You have the key. Step forward. You have the key. Help us open this door.”
They do all they can to make a path for you.
You walk up.
Insert your key into the lock.
The metal door opens. The crowd of people then rush into the next room where they see another door with a lock. You try your key and it does not work. Other people try their key and it does not work. You see a young woman in the corner. Everyone encourages her that she has the key. They help guide her forward. She opens the door.
The cycle continues.
All my life I have wanted other people’s gifts. I wanted other people’s keys. Through my jealousy I often neglected who I was and never opened the door in front of me. I tried to find myself in the keys of others. By forgetting about the key in my hand the door in front of me was never opened. Sure, I can make a difference in the lives of the people close to me…in the room. However, I could never cause a movement. I could never knock down the obstacle completely.
Friends, use the key you have been given.
Use it to open the door for others.
Wield it like a sword.
Stare in awe at its uniqueness.
Where is the key?
Literally, right in your hand.
You are holding it tight.
You have no excuse.