One of the things I have struggled with in my christian walk is the fact that my talents are in making things look good. When people ask what I’m good at, my honest answer is usually, “making things look good.” It’s just what I do.
I’ve come to realize that it is a God-given talent, but I have previously wondered if my talents weren’t really helpful. I have even felt guilty and shallow. I mean, really, looks aren’t everything and everyone knows it. So how could my being good at something so shallow really be helpful, or ultimately, how could it give glory to God?
As a christian, in everything I do my goal should be to honor God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” So how can I plan a party for the glory of God? Especially when it isn’t even “church” related? Well, it depends on the spirit in which I plan it. Are my motives pure? You may think this is silly or a stretch, but the verse says “in whatever you do.”
As a believer I can use my talents to glorify God, as long as I recognize they are God-given and my goal isn’t self-centered. It is easy to take credit for a great party, but my actions should point to God, not myself. If I can do a great job so that others will see the love of God in me, then that is glorifying to God. In 1 Corinthians 10:33, Paul says, “I try to please all men in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.” Therefore, everything we do, even planning a party, can be done with the hope that it will be to the advantage of many, so they will see Christ in us and be saved.
I hope to be writing more of these little inspirational posts. Hopefully they help somebody!