I Peter 1: 22-25
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.
Many in the world today are drawn to the glory of man that comes from the flesh. The natural talents like music, education or any other talents draw most of the attention and awe. Even in Christendom that is more prevalent. If a man or woman who sings well or plays an instrument well, then many will say that God will use you mightily brother or sister. The exhibition of their natural talent draws many souls to be satisfied with what they offer in terms of godly work they do. These are all happening in praise music songs, preaching, talented marketing of institutions and ministries. What God is telling us today is that, even if you draw great crowds through music or songs or preaching or marketing strategies; and even if you take them to some heavenly places through your natural ability, all those efforts are waste and useless. The glory of the flesh will be gone when the flesh fades like a grass of the field. So how would God looks at your natural talent that you used to minister in the churches? What you sow in the flesh will reap the benefits of flesh. And what you sow in the Spirit will reap its benefits in spirit (Gal 6:8). In the end, the fire will determine whether it is hay or precious metals (I Cor 3:11-13).
So does it mean that we should not use our natural talents in the work of God? We can still use our natural talents to God when we are filled in the Holy Spirit and minister in His power. God can use our natural talents like how the Spirit of God came upon the skilled artisan Bezalel to build the tabernacle of God (Ex 31:1-5). The perfect example is how God is using our natural body to be His temple. So God could use our natural talents when it is under His direction and obedience.
God gave us spiritual talents in the form of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to equip the saints and build them up (Ep 4:12). But many used the natural talents to fulfill the void that is created in the church by the lack of gifts of the Holy Spirit. Some even pretend to display the same gifts of the Holy Spirit through heavenly forces of darkness. The man or woman who is calling themselves an oracle of God or person who demonstrates external manifestation of supernatural powers attracts so many people to them but in the end the person who performs or proclaim the oracle do not have the character of our Lord Jesus in them and it is mere crowd pleasing and deception. These works of darkness does not build the saints but rather build a pseudo kingdom that resembles to the real kingdom of God and many are satisfied with it.
When Jesus our Lord chose His servants, He chose the weak and untalented according to the natural world. But He also chose Saul the Pharisee who according to the natural world excelled in natural glory of flesh (Phil 3:3-8). When he became Paul, he did not use his natural talent or position to build a church in Jerusalem; nor did he influence the leaders to give permission for the apostles to speak freely about Jesus. But he considered all natural things as rubbish and useless. Because of that sacrifice and realization of the glory of the natural man, today we are enjoying God’s goodness that came through his ministry. So discern, encourage, participate and build the saints according to the glory of God through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Amen.