The last 2 months have been crazy – on top of the usual of being a full-time teacher, the Lord called me to start this blog. I went from being off of social media for a year to having every social media platform you could think of. Any spare time I used to have now belonged to this blog. And if all that wasn’t crazy enough, I was admitted to the hospital TWICE in the last month (once for a blood transfusion – that’s a whole different story!)
To say I needed a break was an understatement. So this weekend, I unplugged – no checking social media, no writing, no looking at this blog site – just ample amounts of time reading the Word, praying, and fellowshipping with my church family. It was good!
But the best part of my weekend was attending the Xpressions Tour – a Christian poetry and music tour featuring Propaganda and Joseph Solomon. I bought VIP tickets like 2 months ago with the assumption that one of my friends would buy VIP as well – but they all allotted for general admission. So I was reluctant to even attend the VIP Q&A Session by myself (I’m introvert at times – so I find comfort in having a friend with me at public events). But I’m glad I pushed past my introversion and went.
In the VIP Q&A session, people asked questions of these 6 artists who started out doing poetry and music to crowds as small as classrooms and having very little following to now doing their art on tour and having thousands of YouTube subscribers and social media followers.
My pic with the artists of the Xpressions Tour. From left to right: GF Soldier, Jamaica West, Clyla Destiny, me, Propaganda, and Joseph Solomon Not pictured: Angelina Sherie
One question really caught my attention. This guy who was a new poet wanted to know:
“What can I do to get to a level like yours?”
Most of the artists responses included never expecting to reach any sort of “level” but rather they were doing it for the glory of God and because they loved what they were doing. And with God’s hand and grace, it just grew to that “level”!
That VIP Q&A Session and that specific question left me with lots to think about over the last few days – but the biggest thing was what should we pray when we want to be used by God? Should we be praying to reach a certain “level”? I would say no, rather I would say we should pray for these two things:
We should pray to be diligent over the gifts God has given us.
I’m reminded of the parable in Matthew 25, where the three servants were entrusted with their Master’s wealth while he went on a journey:
To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money – Matthew 25:15-17
We should pray to be like the first two servants, who when entrusted with their master’s wealth worked diligently to give him a return. We should pray to use our gifts diligently to bring God glory and to spread His Gospel.
Diligence means being consistent in our gifts – putting in the time and effort it takes to share our gifts in a way that glorifies Him. Spending much time in the Word, in prayer, and in working at the things He’s called us to do.Diligence is consistency. Putting in time and effort to share our gifts in a way that glorifies God. Click To Tweet
Not being like the lazy servant who buried what was entrusted in Him and had no return for his master. It means not being afraid when God calls us to do something – but rather trusting Him when He says to do it. Let us pray to be diligent over what God has been given us.
We should pray to always do it for His glory.
To remember it’s not about us – but it’s all about Him. It’s never about how many people who read your blog, watch your YouTube videos, come to hear you speak, or follow you on social media – it’s about Him! It’s all about the God who created us – who loved us so dearly that He would give His One and Only Son to die on the cross for our sins.
And we should be thankful to be apart of His work in spreading that very same Gospel that saved us.
Not that anything we could ever do is so great – in fact, it’s just filthy rags compared to all that He’s done for us. We could never pay Him back, but the least we could do is use what He’s given us to show the world Christ. So let us pray that we use our gifts not to glory self, but always to glorify Him.
And if we ever feel the need to use our gifts for any praise or any glory – let it be for the glory of sharing Christ and the glory of one day hearing those words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
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