I remember the excited voice of our softball coach. It was at the beginning of the year and he had just turned in our roster to the city organizers. “I put Kip on there and he is really good! He fields everything at third base and he has great power!” He later explained that Kip couldn’t come every week but he is on the roster for when he could. It turned out that we played the whole season and Kip never showed up. I thought of this story from my past because of my favorite football team the Detroit Lions. This year they drafted one of the best running backs in the college ranks! There were some people that didn’t like the pick. “Why should we draft another running back when we have one with enormous talent already?” The answer seems to be very clear. The talented running back that they have is undependable. In 32 games that they have played with him on the team he has been able to play only 18 of them. Injuries have taken their toll on him and the team has decided to not totally depend on him to show up every game.
Have you ever wished you had certain abilities other people seem to have? “I wish I could speak in front of people like that person can”, you might say.. “I wish I could have the gift of prophesy or the gift of healing”, others might think. There are many gifts that we can have that put the spotlight on us, but is that what it is all about? Be careful when you see a ministry that is centered around one person. We have seen at times that where it should be less of me and more of him in reality it is more of them and less of him. It is also a common thing for us to see someone get healed in a famous persons ministry and feel like that we have to go there to get our healing. We forget that God loves us just as much as them and he can heal us by our own faith!
So what should we pray for in abilities? I can tell you that we shouldn’t pray for anything that would make us proud. Throughout the Bible God despises the proud. It is with pride that they reject his son as their savior. Proverbs 16:18-20 states these things about the proud.
18. Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall.
19. It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of the loot.
20. Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful, trust in the Lord and you will be happy
We can conclude that God loves it when we are the opposite of proud. When we give him the glory instead of keeping it for ourselves. After all he is the reason we live and breath! It is God who makes anything we are or ever will be possible!
Have you ever considered how God continuously uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things? The Bible is full of these examples! How about David fighting Goliath and winning? This is what David said to Goliath in Samuel 17…”David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.” David was not relying on his own power, but the power of God!
God had to work with Moses to get him to do what he asked. Moses had the opposite problem of being proud. Moses had the problem of not thinking highly of himself. When God asked Moses to lead his people out of Egypt Moses had five excuses.
1. I’m not good enough
2. I don’t have all of the answers
3. People won’t believe me
4. I’m a terrible public speaker
5. I’m not qualified
Moses had the same fears and doubts that we have today. These fears and doubts hold many of us back from doing God’s will. Like Moses we argue with God and make excuses for why we won’t do what he asks. We get the idea that someone else has more abilities, and can speak eloquently, or have all of the answers. Why would he call me when somebody out there has all of these wonderful gifts that people think so highly of?
The answer is that God wants to use you, an ordinary person, to do extraordinary things through him! So what is the ability that God cherishes the most? It’s the same ability that the Detroit Lions cherish in a running back. It’s the same ability that you and I can have that Kip didn’t. The writer of the article made this quote. “The best ability is availability” If we are available we are in a position to hear God’s voice. If we hear God’s voice we are in a position to do what he wants! So being available is the ability we should strive for and is the best ability to have!