A manís gift will make room for him and bring him before great men
Then the King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors unto him
The King answered unto Daniel, and said, of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of Kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldst reveal this secret.
Then the King made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
Then Daniel requested of the King, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in the gate of the King.
Three things we look at is:
1. Your gift
2. Realize where your gift comes from
3. Jesus is the greatest gift
Now a gift is something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation. The act, right or power of giving. A talent, endowment, aptitude or bent.
The gift of tongues is an estatic utterance that is partly or wholly unintelligent to hearers.
Something great is extremely large in size, big. Itís larger that others of the same kind, remarkable or outstanding in magnitude, degree, or extent of outstanding significance or importance, chief, or principal, superior in quality or character; noble. Powerful, influential, eminent, distinquished, grand, aristocratic, very skillful, very good, and first rate.
We know that Daniel was a great prophet during the period of the captivity of Godís covenant people in Babylon and Persia. He was but a mere teenager, when he was taken captive, but he was in his eighties when he received the vision of the prophecy of the 70 weeks. He faced many challenges in his years of life, but his strength in God grew as well as his commitment to God. As well as being a prophet he became an advisor in the court of foreign kings. He served his governmental duties throughout the reign of many kings, but he determined in his mind that he would live by Godís law. He always turned to god in crisis, had an adamant prayer life, prayed three times a day, which was later used to try and trap him, but Daniel lived out his commitment to God even through the troubled times. His successes came through Godís sovereignty of blessing Danielís spiritual commitment. He was held in high esteem, as his ready access to the King demonstrates. He had special God given abilities, but he still prayed daily.
Yours gift, as was Danielís gift that was placed in his life brought him before the King. King Nebuchadnezzerís dream was a divinely intended prophetic view of the future. He didnít understand the dream, nor could he or his magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, or Chaldeans interpret the dream, Daniel 2:1-3. He was troubled by this and wanted all of the ones that couldnít interpret the dream killed. Now God in his mercy always has a ram in the bush. The Chaldeans answered the King in verse 10 saying that there is not a man upon the earth that can show the Kingís matter. They realized that except God send the message through revealed knowledge it could not be. But, yes God had a man already prepared for this task of interpreting the Kingís dream but he had to let man come to his extremities and see that itís up to God now, else we all be destroyed. Manís limit is Godís opportunities. The man that God used to give the interpretation of the dream to was Daniel. Now Daniel had sit on his gift for 60 years, staying steadfast with God, waiting on God to fulfill his purpose in his life. He had a gift but he didnít usurp authority over the King, he waited his turn, his season. In the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1 to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Sometimes we donít want to wait for anything. He sought God concerning the dream and waited on God to answer, then he asked to go before the King and he spoke softly in a godly manner. There is a way, which seems right unto a man; but the end thereof, are the ways of death. Daniel couldnít go before the King puffed up or out of order. Your gift will make room for you only when you are in order. All things must be done decently and in order. When you are humble, man will find favor in you and God will raise you up. Your gift will make room for you and will bring you before great men if you are qualified with God to receive that honor.
When you go up, you want to take someone with you. Daniel requested that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be over the affairs of the province of Babylon. He took someone with him. Be brought them up in stature with him. The gift that God gives you, makes you humble and think less of yourself and more of someone else. He took a back seat and pushed them to the forefront.
Daniel realized that his gift came from God. Whether we eat or drink, enjoy the good of all of our labor, we know that it is the gift of God, and whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken away from it, and God does it that men should fear before him. That which has been is now, and that which is to be has already been, and God requires that which is past.
We need to realize these things:
1. God has an active part in earthly activity
2. Godís work is a unity, the word, the word work when applied to God is always singular
3. Godís work include all events
4. Godís work is eternal
5. Godís work is immutable, it donít change
6. Godís work cannot be comprehended by men
So who can realize your gift besides you and God and who can comprehend what God is doing in you. Yours response to Godís call should be one driven with fear, meaning to submit to God and to his revelation. Staying clearly in the boundaries of the faith in which your gift works. In Romans 1:11, God wants to impart spiritual gifts in us that we may be established. He wants us to realize that he establishes gifts in us, good gifts, and our gifts awaits our calling. Our faith brings us to the working of our gifts. Our doctrinal faith, the content of our Christian belief, our saving faith, trusting in Christ alone for salvation, our justifying faith, our reliance that God declares us righteous, indwelling faith is trusting godís word in and through us. Daily faith is dependence on God every day and the gift of faith is a special ability of faith, resulting in a vision of what God can do. Faith is that means by which we can achieve that vision and the power with God to get answers to prayer. Daniel kept his vision and used his faith in him to take him before the king and to turn away the wrath that the King had that would utterly destroy men lives.
Jesus was the greatest gift. Romans 6:23 makes us realize that the gift of God is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. If we serve God in spirit and in truth, with a pure heart then we deserve the gift. It also lets us know of Godís unmerited favor, as we practice his righteousness and not sin.
In I Corinthians 14:1 we find out that we should desire spiritual gifts. Along with God giving us the gift of Jesus Christ, there are gifts as to the character of Christ that we need and he left here for us to live in this fleshly body. It is proper for us to pursue these gifts that we may fulfill the mandate of love.
In Ephesians 2:8 it lets us know that by grace are we saved, through faith; and that not of your own self; it is the gift of God.
We donít endow our self with good gifts because James 1:17 say that every good gift comes from God.
Jesus is that gift, John 4:10, Jesus answered and said unto her, if thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to thee that the woman would not even have addressed him, but she saw the gift in him and was not afraid.
We need to recognize who is the gift that God gave unto us that we have eternal life and let the gifts that he has placed in us to make room for us in our lives