September 10, 2014

“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20

 The other morning, I once again watched this video as I ate my breakfast.

The emotions elicited from Carrie Underwood’s exaltation of our God’s greatness caused me to linger upon God’s glory. I am always encouraged to see God-given talent directed back toward our Creator.

Musicians using their talents to lead me in worship of God;
Teachers whose charisma encourages me to follow Jesus;
The intellect of pastors drawing me deeper into the mysteries of the divine;
Authors explaining difficult truths that ease my understanding;
Poets whose words plow fresh soil in my soul;
Artists who create works that raise my eyes beyond this world.

I can easily acknowledge and join in the praise that the talented present to the Lord through the works of their bodies.

I am equally tempted, in darker moments, to think that the glory potential of my body is significantly lower than that of the talented. I know that the price paid for my salvation is the same as that paid for Carrie Underwood or C.S. Lewis or Spurgeon or Milton or any number of talented people who love or have love our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, it seems that the Lord might have gotten a poor bargain when he saved me. When I consider what I have to offer God, I am inclined to place myself on the clearance rack.

I don’t want to diminish my talents, but I also recognize that they are not “world class”.  However, there are billions of people just like me.

We have never been at the top of the class.
We have never been invited to an audition.
We have never been courted for the corner office.
We have never won a race.
We have never had a best-seller.
We have never even been close to a platform.

As a result, the glory that God receives from my body and those like me comes quietly, without ovation, from a heart that fumbles with rudimentary talents in simple love for our Savior.

I wonder if this glory from the simple is not the glory highly esteemed by our Lord.

Consider the fact that He has created more “unexceptional” people than the world class variant.  There is rarely a question of motivation for the under-gifted. The gifted will always have to struggle against their love for the praise of men.

I have never made melody with my voice in praise to our Lord with the secret hope of a compliment. I am not musical. Therefore, I have only one motivation when I worship our Lord through singing – love. I sing praises to the glory of God because I love him. I believe that the glory from my body, at that moment, is purest and most undefiled by my love of self, primarily because I lack talent.

I believe God relishes that glory – pure glory coming from a heart that is loving Him first and foremost.

However, I have preached with a secret hope of being complimented. I have written with a desire to be liked. I have used my talents in assorted ministries for God’s glory and gotten a little boost in my self-love. This self-love complicates the purity of my worship. It contaminates the motivation of my praise. As a result, the glory to God from those who were blessed by the use of my talents was probably purer than the direct glory from my conflicted motives.

Those with unexceptional talents should be encouraged when we consider the primary purpose of man – to glorify God and enjoy him forever. God has created us perfectly. He has given everyone some gifts, but He has not given those gifts equally. He was not random. He was not arbitrary.

Consider for a moment that God has not given you talent so that you can better serve your God-given purpose, which is to glorify Him with your untalented body.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5)

Let us use our under-talented bodies to glorify God; motivated by a love for Him from a pure heart, good conscience and a sincere faith. We are the one who can do that the best – we were created for it.

PRAYER: Father, thank you for the gifts that you have given me. Help me to use them to glorify you. Forgive me for using the talents that you have given me to seek the praise of men. Teach me how to use the talents that I have with a pure heart, good conscience and a sincere faith. Lord, thank you for the gifts that I don’t have. Thank you for depriving me of world class talent. Thank you for obscurity. Thank you for anonymity. Thank you for creating me just as I am so that I can better fulfill my purpose with all that I am, in purity and sincerity.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen



  1. Fitness isn’t a talent? Look around our country, there are thousands, no millions of unhealthy out of shape people. There are people that will not live up to their potential because they lack the drive, self control and discipline that you probably have seeping through your pores. The joy of a healthy life style and of constantly pushing your body is a blessing in itself! There are many obese people in the church. Shalom 🙂

  2. Thank you for liking my blogpost. All the best with yours and God bless you. Emmie

  3. hae devoted life to be honest,nowadays to me is not how much talented a praise and worshipper is but from what spirit they are pouncing from i.e the law or grace and truth

  4. Terrific insights, JD. Thanks for sharing. Surely, God uses also rans and runners up.I suspect He doesn’t use an ordinal system at all, in fact. However, I have been guilty in my life’s work for using this truth as a reason to steer clear of success – so I wouldn’t be tempted by the pride that might come if I actually arrived there. God is healing even this. He is merciful indeed.

  5. I have never heard this said before, and yet, it is so true and so very convicting. Thanks!

  6. Very good post! Two sentiments came to mind while I was reading it: Once two sisters, ages 7 and 9, were talking; one asked the other what she wanted to be when she grew up, and she said a “famous painter” – to which the other responded with that childlike wisdom we seem to lose sight of as adults: “You don’t need to be famous to be a painter.” The second sentiment is that If God has placed talents within you, better those talents to glorify God and enjoy the fulfilment of using those giftings, but remember that God is just thrilled to watch us play in the sandbox… we tend to get too introspective about such things, when the fact of the matter is that God loves us, period! It’s enough for us to love God, love our neighbour as ourself, and follow Jesus… the working out of those things is called life. 🙂

  7. Beautiful!

  8. WOW! What a powerful, down-to-brass-tacks post! With insight and honesty you directed us to analyze our desires and motivations. With wisdom you pointed out the advantages of being less-than-stellar(!). And with positivity you encouraged us to embrace purity and sincerity. Lord, bring JD’s post to mind when I drift into discouragement or pride!

  9. Thank you so much for encouraging us to keep doing what we can do, for His glory! God bless you and all your talents and gifts!

  10. Good post!

  11. JD, God is using you… by crystalizing the cries of hearts like yours, who asks “who am I Lord?”. How beautiful the night sky is when filled with stars; God created them all for His pleasure, just to shine for him. Thank you for blessing us with your words and God with the use of the life He has given you!

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