“Do not be satisfied with God’s calling or His gifts in your life. Be satisfied with Jesus Christ Himself.”
― Brother Yun
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Idleness is the enemy
Before discussing how God-given gifts are intended to fill a gap, it is more powerful to see a picture of what happens when we choose not to use them. As an example, consider David’s life. It was spring, which the Bible describes as “the season when kings go to war” (2 Samuel 11:1).
But where had David vanished? He was a king, but he stayed in Jerusalem. He passed on this one. David was known as a great warrior. Indeed, the Lord bestowed a gift on David, enabling him to lead Jerusalem to victory. The following passage demonstrates that he was more anointed in battle than King Saul ever was.
Whatever mission Saul assigned to David, he was so successful that Saul promoted him to a high rank in the army. This pleased the troops as well as Saul’s officers.
When the men returned home after David had killed the Philistine, the women of Israel came out from every town to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, joyful songs, and timbrels and lyres. “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands,” they sang as they danced. (See 1 Samuel 18:5-7.)
David once chose not to use his gift by remaining in the temple and doing nothing. Idleness. This was the opponent against whom David fought and lost.
The Trap of the Enemy
David was supposed to be working. David’s role as king includes leading his army into battle. He failed to appear for work.
Idle minds are the devil’s workshop. When we fail to show up for work on time, the devil has the opportunity to take advantage of us. The enemy can tempt us into sin when we are idle.
David got out of bed one evening and walked around the palace’s roof. He noticed a woman bathing from the roof. The woman was stunning, and David dispatched someone to find out more about her. “She is Bathsheba, Eliam’s daughter and Uriah the Hittite’s wife,” the man explained. Then David dispatched messengers to find her. He slept with her after she came to him. (She was now cleansing herself from her monthly uncleanness.) She then returned home. The woman became pregnant and informed David, “I am pregnant.” 2 Samuel 11:2–5
God Will Fill the Financial Gap
When David should have been working and fighting on the battlefield, he was at home doing nothing. He got out of bed and walked around, noticing a lovely woman bathing. He had a thing for her.
Despite the fact that his servant had revealed that the woman was Bathsheba, “the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite,” he proceeded to sleep with her. In David’s army, Eliam and Uriah were dependable soldiers. That didn’t stop him. He made Bathsheba an adulterer. He turned murderer to cover up his sin by putting Uriah on the front lines of battle.
What happened to bring David to the point of sin against the Lord? It all began with the laziness he allowed himself. David had this deliberate refusal to go to work. It began when he stated at the time, “I will not use my gifts.” “I will not allow my gift to bridge the gap,” I say, refusing to do what is expected of me. According to the Bible, God was not pleased with David’s actions (2 Samuel 11:27).
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