A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men

Proverbs 18.16.amp

I love this verse because it reminds me that the gifts God has given me to glorify Him will eventually bring me before great people. As a creative, I have been guilty of getting caught in the rat race to attain and maintain relevance. I’ve allowed my focus to be taken off of God, who has held relevance with all people throughout the ages. Don’t get me wrong.  Trying to reach people outside of your own cultural and artistic influence is not bad; in fact, the bible encourages it through the great commission.  Still, if we are not careful, we will tend to focus too much on the gift and not trust the gift’s giver.

When I produced music in the secular realm, I was constantly under pressure to make music that appealed to the current generation. I remember going from righteous rap like Public Enemy to gangster rap Like NWA back to Biggie’s rugged east coast vibe. It was exhausting. Then when I became a Christian, I found myself doing much of the same. Here is the thing people can tell when you are authentic or fake. I made great music, but I never quite made the connection I intended because what I was doing did not come across believable.  I was allowing the gift God had given me to be shaped by the world’s trends instead of God. I know what you are probably thinking,” For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance Romans 11:29 KJV.”  Yes there have been people whose talent has greatly impacted the world on epic levels outside the exclusivity of them being used by God. And there have been Christians who have maintained relevance across many generations, i.e., the late evangelist Billy Graham. However, there is a difference between following the world’s trends than allowing God to maintain your staying power. It all comes down to wanting a solid foundation or one built upon stubble and hay. Personally, I prefer a solid foundation.

So think about it, when it is your time. If you have done all you know to do in preparation, wise planning, and putting your talents in Christ’s hands, you will not have to worry about staying relevant. God will maximize your gifts and skills for the greatest impact in any generation, culture, etc., then allow them to bring you before great men( and women).

 

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