We live in a world that celebrates strength, intellect, ambition, success, and being self-made. These are all wonderful as well as God-given attributes, but pursued incorrectly they can short-circuit your relationship with God. The Lord wants you to be all that He made you to be, but He wants you to live under His Lordship and direction. Throughout history, human beings have shown how great character traits used in excess and outside of God’s influence can hurt others while consuming oneself. Proverbs 5:22-23 says, “The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.” (NIV)
Learning to harness your God-given talents through God’s presence and work in your life will not only accentuate your talents, but also elevate Christ for the world to see. You walk with Christ in this way by fearing (revering) Him while stepping out in faith and believing that His ways are best. It is this type lifestyle that puts your hope in Christ’s unfailing love instead of you. Romans 12:1 describes it this way: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.” (NIV) Your spiritual worship of God is not what you bring to the table; it is placing yourself on God’s altar as a living sacrifice dedicated to trusting Him with your every desire and hope.
1 Sam 17:45-47 “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and He will give all of you into our hands.’" (NIV)