In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:20-22

I was in kindergarten the first time I learned I wasn’t good at something. I was a serious student even at the tender age of five. I don’t think I had missed a single question the whole year. But then we were given a worksheet about cylinders. This consisted of a page full of pictures. We were supposed  look through the pictures and circle the cylinders. Maybe I had been out sick when the teacher had introduced the idea of cylinders. More likely I had been daydreaming about the latest Godzilla cartoon. All I know is that the page in front of me did not look like a kindergarten worksheet. It looked like a cruel joke, and everyone around me was a part of it. So I let them know it in that most kindergarten of ways. I cried. That settled it.

I was no good at cylinders.

It wouldn’t be long before I had other things to add to my list of things I was “good” and “no good” at.

I was good at spelling. I was no good at handwriting.

I was good at music. I was no good at art.

I was good at seventh grade band. I was no good at seventh grade football.

So much of how we define ourselves is by whether or not we’re any good at things. And for some odd reason, we feel like we’re supposed to be good at everything. And we’re not. So by the world’s standards we feel like failures, no matter what we do.

What if God sees things a little bit differently?

I don’t think he’s looking at whether or not we’re good at anything. I think he wants us to give him everything. Everything that we’ve got. Everything that we are. And I don’t mean “give” in the sense that you give time or give blood or give money in support of a cause. I mean “give” as in “give up”. As in sacrifice.

By laying our talents down on the altar of sacrifice, we are setting them aside for God. It is no longer about being good. It is about being holy. It is no longer about being good. It is about being God’s.

And that is when God begins to do some really amazing things.

Are you good? Or are you God’s?

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