15th January 2014

Your Best Ability 

“I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’  And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

If you were to do a bit a self-analysis for a minute or two, what would you say is your best ability?
Might it be that you are a skilled organiser?
Perhaps you are a gifted preacher, writer or musician.
Maybe you are a good cook and hostess.
These, and many others, are wonderful abilities to have. But let me suggest that the best ability to have is avail-ability

While God is concerned with our ability (he gave it), and our inability (he more than compensates for it), he wants our availability. It is of little use being a skilled organiser, a gifted preacher, writer, musician, or a good cook and hostess if you are never available to use those abilities. 

The talents we have are God’s gift to us. All of our abilities are God-given so that they can be used to benefit others. (1Corinthians 12) Our responsibility is to report for duty and use them—to say “Here am I. Send me!” 

Time and time again we see examples of those ready to make themselves available: Samuel responding to the voice of the Lord calling him, said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”  (1Samual 3:10); When the Israelites were wondering who could possibly fight Goliath, David said, “your servant will go and fight him.”  (1Samual 17:32); Mary, when confronted with the news that she would give birth to the Saviour of the world, said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38 NKJV); and Jesus made himself available to death on a cross when he said, “not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) 

Availability is all about the readiness to put God first, not just in theory but in practice. It is a state of listening and responding; of looking for where the needs are and, as we have been gifted, being there to step in. 

So why not make your ability, whatever it is, available for God? The need for every believer to make themselves available and participate in the work of the church is as important now as it was in biblical times.  When we do that, the presence of Christ brings us his power and ability to use our limited resources in his limitless ways.  

Father, please help me to see where you have gifted me, and may I be wholly available for you to use.  Magnify those gifts for the benefit of others and to your glory.

Study by Barry Robinson


barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone:  020 8202 3998
Email:   martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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