At certain times in life we may feel insignificant and useless. Surrounded by people with greater talent than ours, we are tempted in our weak moments just to settle back and let somebody else do the work. We reason that what we have to offer won't make much difference anyway. We forget the truth suggested by our Lord's use of five loaves and two small fish to feed a multitude. Each of us has something important to offer in His service. It's much the same way with the use of our abilities for the Lord. Whether our talent is great or small, the performance isn’t complete until we do our best with what we have.
Sir Michael Costa was conducting a rehearsal in which the orchestra was joined by a great chorus. About halfway through the session, with trumpets blaring, drums rolling, and violins singing their rich melody, the piccolo player muttered to himself, "What good am I doing? I might just as well not be playing. Nobody can hear me anyway." So he kept the instrument to his mouth, but he made no sound. Within moments, the conductor cried, "Stop! Stop! Where's the piccolo?" It was missed by the ear of the most important person of all.
It's much the same way with the use of our abilities for the Lord.
Whether our talent is great or small, the performance isn’t complete until we do our best with what we have.
Richard De Haan
God doesn’t send His Holy Spirit to live within us because his omnipresence needs many dwelling places. He sends His Spirit to change the lives of those that have surrendered their own lives and have asked Jesus to take over. When we accept God’s Spirit we also accept what He brings. Yes, even the Holy Spirit has baggage, but it’s the good kind. He brings His baggage of gifts. When He unpacks one of His gifts it is a good thing for us to thank Him for the gift and use it. It might not be the gift we wanted or the one everyone is talking about. But you are no longer in charge, remember? Giving our life to God means giving Him full trust. If He gives you a gift, do not look to the world for evaluation of that gift. God equips His people for His purpose and if you choose not to use the gift His Spirit unpacks in you, prepare yourself to hear God’s voice saying, “Stop! Stop! Where’s the piccolo.