"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
Raymond Chandler, Writer
We all have some ability. Some of our ability are inherited, other are acquired through education, training and experience. Often we are unaware of our ability and languish in the wilderness of life, may be struggling in the areas in which we do not have ability for. The result is unfulfilled, frustrated, unproductive and wasted lives,
Ability can be misdirected when it is used for the wrong purpose. It is evident when the rich use their wealth to muzzle the poor or the strong use their strength to emasculate the weak.
In Christ we have ability. He is our strength, our source, and our life. He is the Greater One Who indwells us, enabling us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure. He made us partakers of His divine nature through our knowledge of Jesus Christ and by giving us the exceeding great and precious promises, which are yes and amen in Christ. Through Him we are more than conqueror. He is our light and our salvation, the Captain of our salvation, our Shepherd. In our weakness, His strength is made perfect. And as we renew our mind with His word, we start thinking like He does and operating as He would operate, thus reflecting Him.
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen 1Pet.4:11
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey Matt25:15
29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Acts 11:29
We need to be encouraged to use our ability from time to time. Ability that is not used is useless. This is why we need mentors those who have gone ahead of us and achieving what we would like to achieve. Such people should serve as examples for us to emulate. We can read their books and learn from their experience, avoiding their pitfalls our road fulfilling our destiny.
So just like David encouraged himself in the Lord, encourage yourself to accomplish your assignment in Christ.
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God 1Sam30:6 KJV
It is often said, ‘Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines you r altitude.’
Those who do not consider themselves as having arrived, will keep improving and impacting the world. Any ability can be honed and enhanced. It is the fool who thinks he cannot improve. There are always people better than you or on their way to excelling you. When we stop learning we start ‘dying’.
Paul had the right attitude he said:
Pressing on Toward the Goal
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Little wonder he wrote 13 best seller of all time.
Jesus showed us that the way up is the way down.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
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