Giftedness vs. Godliness

1Timothy 4.7

Have nothing to do with irreverent,  silly myths. Rather  train yourself for godliness;  8 for while  bodily training is of some value, godliness  is of value in every way, as  it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

I love watching talented people do their thing. I love it when people can his high notes and hold out a falsetto. I love it when athletes can soar in the air. I love it when I hear intelligent people make their case. And i love it when i hear good preachers preach. However, with all good things, I can always manage a way to turn them into bad things. Let me explain.

I’m sure that i’m not the only one that loves watching talented people do their thing. As a matter of fact, our culture loves to see the giftedness of people’s abilities displayed on T.V. That’s why the actors, actresses, musicians, artists, athletes and etc. are paid at such a high cost – people are willing to dish the cash in order to watch the superb. Yet, I wonder how this mentality of us desiring to see the spectacular also translates into becoming the spectacular. We fall in love with the glamour of what those gifts can bring. Especially, when it comes to exercising those gifts in ministry. Listen, I’m not saying that it’s bad to want to become a better musician as you lead praise, become a better speaker as you preach, or become a better leader as you serve. But what i am saying is that giftedness is not the same as godliness.

We can’t fall for the silly myths of stardom; We shouldn’t think that becoming more gifted in some talent automatically equals becoming more godly. Godliness values scripture. Godliness places its whole trust in Christ. Godliness places its value in what Christ was done perfectly on the cross. And Godliness is from the power of the spirit. It has more value than you think. Not because the world said so, but because God said so in 1 Timothy 4:7.

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