Three Talented Men (poem by me)

There was a man
who played the horn
every so often
and when asked if he had talent,
he said, “I’m not good at anything.”

There was a man
who played violin
on the streets of New York
and people put down their windows
to listen to him share his talent.

There was a man
who sang in the choir
every Sunday
No one could hear his talent
for his voice blended with others.

The first man received nothing,
The second earned peace from troubles,
The third gained his heart’s desire,
And justice was served to all.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”—1 Peter 4:10

 

God’s Coworker (blog by me)

In the Holman Christian Standard Bible, 1Corinthians 3:9 is rendered “For we are God’s coworkers…” I remember reading that verse for the first time with some shock and disbelief. Me? I am a coworker of God? How could little ol’ me be a coworker of God? His work is so perfect and important. How could I be a coworker? Yet the Bible does not lie so it must be true. That is my identity. I am a coworker of God along with all of my brothers and sisters in Christ. What an absolute privilege!

Let me be clear. I am not a pastor, Christian musician, or on the church staff. God has blessed me with some talent to write and the desire to serve God with it. 1Peter 4:10 reminds us to use gifts to serve one another as faithful stewards of His grace. This makes our service not only a privilege but also an act of obedience.

Matthew 5 reminds us that we are the light of the world and that men do not light a lamp with the intention of hiding it. They put it on display! Our Father has given His children the light of the Holy Spirit and ignited talent in us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Today, I encourage you to use your talent (no matter what it is) to serve God. If you are reading this and happen to have the talent to write poetry, please consider joining in Draw Near’s effort to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by submitting a poem for the upcoming free ebook called Blessed Creation: A Christian Poetry Collection. (See the details on the Call for Submissions page.)