“We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours. There’s actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself. If you will give God your right to yourself, he will make a holy experiment out of you -– and his experiments always succeed. The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ.” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost, June 13)
What is the gift God has given you? Whatever it is, no matter how talented you are, he’d rather have you.
So many of us believers are called to use our talents to praise him or forward his cause. This blog is essentially me giving the Lord the little skill I have as a writer. I have friends on worship teams who offer up their singing voices or guitar-playing ability to the Lord. But how pitiful are our abilities in comparison with what the Creator of the Universe can do?
When I read this quote from Oswald Chambers, I don’t see anything disparaging in it. He’s trying to encourage us to see this transaction we want to conduct with God in a different way. We shouldn’t put our skills before our hearts. What the Lord wants is our surrender first and foremost, and out of that can come some incredibly creative things.
One of my struggles with this blog is sometimes I sit down to write because that’s what I do — not necessarily because I have something insightful to share with you. I know that by following Jesus closer, he’s going to reveal to more than he ever has, and these words will become deeper and more meaningful to you. He will open my eyes to new ways I can use my abilities as a writer to reach more people — change people’s lives. This is what he wants to do with your ability to sing, or draw, or act, or sew, or cook, or do math, or color … I don’t believe there is any ability God has given you that can’t serve him in some way.
If you haven’t given “your right to yourself” to God, say a brief prayer right now. You could say something like, “Dear Heavenly Father, I want to give my right to myself to you. You are the Lord of my life and I love you so much for bringing me out of my sin. I am all yours. You are in control now. Let your will guide my ways. Make — and keep — my heart right, then show me how the talents you’ve blessed me with can benefit you, Lord. In Jesus name, amen!”