Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Being a Super-Talented Work in Progress


 
   
      Looking around at life on this planet, we can see that there are those who accomplish some amazing things. We all have met, seen, or heard of those people that seem to be super heroes of talent. The more visible the individual the more "ability credentials" we think that they may have been given. Although some "super-talented" folks do not become visible right away, it is true that shinning stars are hard to hide because they are too bright for people to miss. Whether in our community circles or globally known most of these individuals eventually surface, because their talents propel them towards continual progress.

     In a world desperate for the ultra talented spectacle I believe that all Christians not only have the opportunity, but the means and responsibility to rise to the call. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, may not fit the description of most Christians, but by applying the power of God in us we can be a "Super-Talented Work in Progress".

     "Super-talented" is a term that came to me one morning and as I explored this term with God the description that He introduced me to stirred up a reason to write. God has dealt wondrously, to and for me, a loving, kind, humble, yet very talented husband. A while back someone dear to my heart was encouraging me by edifying my husband as not only a talented person, but a "super-talented" man. Later that day I was talking with God about this description, when He gave me a solid definition for this term "super-talented". God shared in my heart that while it is true that He is the one who gave my husband His talents that being "super-talented" is more about what my husband was doing with them. God then wrote this explanation on my heart:

"Super-talented": talent that is applied and is fruitful 

     Webster is good, but God's terminology is “root” good. God always goes straight to the root word. The "super" prefix to our talent is in the application and the results. Therefore being a super, ultra or dynamic talent, is not about the unique God-given qualities that each of us posses, but rather in what we do with them. God is so good because at our core the gifts and talents that He has given to us are really for helping each other, but at God's core is the love of a Father who desires for us to ask for His help to apply the precious abilities that He gave us.
   
     On the surface, by this definition, there are many non-Christians who fit this description of being “super-talented”, but even with all the worldly accolades there is a biblical difference within this definition. God uses the word fruitful more than just a play on the word produce, although production is a purposeful term in regard to being "super-talented". God's fruit, He Himself describes as coming out of His Spirit, are the seeds He plants inside every born again believer.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law."
(Gal. 5: 22 NKJV)

     As believers or not when we apply our God-given talents we can accomplish all kinds of things, but in order to be "Super-talented" we must be producing fruit that bears witness to those seeds of God's own Spirit. When fruit begins to abound through our production the supernatural blessings begin to overtake our lives and we become more and more like the person God has designed us to be, which even as "a work in progress" we become "super-talented".

     Becoming "super-talented" is in the application, but first begins with aligning our declaration with His restoration.  For years, I was a work-a-holic, and although very productive in the world I was left run down and unfulfilled. Once I learned the power of God's Word I was able to amp up the talent He placed inside of me. In our own application we can only accomplish so much, and most of the times we dwell in a place of busy instead of fruitful, but with God's Word we can speak our life into a place of progress.

"that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God,"
(Col. 1:10 NKJV)

     I have been praying this verse almost daily over my family for some time now and I have seen miraculous change in our produce. God knows that we are not perfect, but when we pray and daily seek His knowledge through His Word we are able to bear fruit that will remain and not only is that pleasing to God but also to the one's doing the work with Him.
    
     Who would not want to be called "super-talented"? I believe that the enemy tries to convince us that only a very small percentage of us fit in this category, but the Word of God says something different. If God says that we can produce, even in the most challenging of times, while gaining His knowledge and fully please Him, then that settles it. Here is to developing into a "super-talented" work in progress!!!

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