Too much Talent

I look at many American Church icons today and I’ve been thinking, “where would they be without The Cross, without the message of Jesus”. I can’t help to think that most of them are so charismatic, personable, and dynamic that they would certainly find a career in self-help, counseling, or community building if it weren’t for their leadership in the church. With the flick of the wrist they can create a new book or sermon series. They are educated, confident, and sharp. They don’t have to try very hard or to search very long to find something that attracts people. Perhaps this is one reason we see little lasting fruit from the American Church. We rely so much on self. We don’t have too little talent, we have too much. The luster and appeal of our churches comes, oftentimes, not from the message but the messenger. I’ve been praying that whatever influence God gives me comes from the person of Jesus and not my natural gifting. This is where the power of The Cross is made manifest. Acts 4:13 says, 
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” 
What do men say when they listen to you? Do they say, “wow, what a gifted speaker, writer, or theologian” or do they say “wow, this man has been with Jesus”. Father, this is my hearts cry; not that they would notice me but that they would notice the one who i’ve been spending time with.

One comment on “Too much Talent

  1. Amen. I’ve been in “Christian entertainment” much of my life, and can’t think of a better goal than to hear people to say, “He’s been with Jesus.”

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