Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. Philippians 1:25-26. (EHV).
Paul never undersold his talents. Indeed, here in Philippians (and in his other books as well), Paul expresses confidence in his abilities and especially in his faith. That’s the key, you see: confidence in faith. Paul is convinced that his mission on earth is to express Jesus boldly to others; that others are built up to do the same through this ministry. That is borne out by the fact that he started a number of successful churches, that the faith spread exponentially and quickly during his lifetime in the areas where he worked, and by the fact that his writings have endured as the backbone of Christian evangelical practice for two thousand years. God blesses each of us with talents. He richly blessed Paul with the talent to evangelize.
It came from Jesus’ Spirit filling Paul with a heart to serve. As a zealous Pharisee, Paul eagerly served the Jewish faith even to the point of persecuting Christians. When Christ converted him, Paul’s outlook changed and he threw his talents into building up Jesus to a skeptical world (one that was understandably skeptical about him). We have all benefitted from that because of how Paul’s ministry served us with examples of how to ‘do ministry.’ Why?
So that Christ Jesus will abound because of him. So that Christ Jesus will abound because of us, because of the lives we live and the things we do. So that Christ will abound.
Think about that: we do what we do so that Christ will abound, so that Christ will increase, so that Christ will become known to billions who don’t know Him. Muslims, atheists, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Communists, and even Joel Osteen: all people who don’t know about Jesus or reject Him get another look at Him when we live out our lives in faith. It’s not to convince them: it’s to share Jesus so that His Spirit can do the work through us. We’re just supposed to live godly lives and share honestly. We’re just supposed to have confidence to do that in the way Paul had confidence.
Look at yourself in the mirror today and tell yourself about the talents you have. Maybe it’s speaking, or managing, or coding, or following. Singing, dancing, bartending, writing; fixing cars, working the line, bagging groceries, working in the White House: do what God gave you the ability to do for HIS glory. Be confident in that, confidently share Him as you do, then get out of the way to watch Him work.
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 16:13, Ephesians 4:1, Jude 3, Philippians 1:27
Lord Jesus, thank You for the abilities You gave to me. Help me to use them to confidently share You today.