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Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

March 16, 2011

Guest Post: Enthusiasm Outshines Ability

Enthusiasm Outshines Ability

My six year old son started playing soccer. He doesn’t quite know what he’s doing and the rules are a bit confusing to him, but he has stellar passion and enthusiasm for the game. His smile stays fixed on his face; and when he or his team mate makes a good play, he cheers and hollers. His passion spreads to the other team mates and his coach. They all get excited over seemingly simple moves. This passion -- placed in him by a family that continuously exposes his significance -- gives him power and strength to play hard and overcome his limitations and lack of skill.

When I see my son play, I think of the servant who was given five talents (Matthew 25.14-30). He was given more than the other two servants according to his abilities. I always believed that the servant was given more talents because he was more skilled; however, I know that skill does not necessarily ensure a person’s productivity. When you read the end of the parable, you find that the Master does not become upset because of the one-talent servant’s lack of ability; rather, it was the servant’s laziness that angered the Master.

When I researched the word ability, I discovered that it means something very different. The Greek word for ability is dynamis, which means power. It is the same word used to illustrate the power that surged through Jesus’ body when the woman from the crowd touched his clothes and was healed (Mark 5.30). Dynamis has little to do with a person’s skill-set but has everything to do with the power residing in the person. That power comes from the Holy Spirit who lives in Christians once we have the covering of Jesus’ righteousness.

We as Christians all have the power of the Holy Spirit residing in us, but it stays untapped until our passion for Christ unleashes it. When our actions follow our passion, we can accomplish anything that God has for us. We don’t have to be skilled or smart. In fact, God says that he uses foolish things to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1.27). We just have to want to be used by the Holy Spirit, want to do more for the Kingdom of God, want to be endowed with more responsibility. We need to WANT more of Him!

The coach put my son in the game not because he’s a skilled player, but because my son wants to play. His passion usurps his ability. I believe if we all fully understood the significance that God places on us, we too would be passionate about His plan for our lives. And instead of being content with just one or two talents, we would beseech more from the Master. We might not have the amazing abilities that others have; but what we lack in ability, we make up for in enthusiasm.

“I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power” (1 Corinthians 2.3-5 NIV).

Paul himself was scared to do the things of God, but he did not let that stop him. He relied on the Spirit of God inside of him to accomplish God’s mighty work. Paul’s life is an amazing example of living with the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul might not have been the most eloquent speaker, but he wanted to be used by God. He was passionate about running a good race, and he was obviously a five-talent servant. We all can be five-talent servants if we are passionate for God and His Kingdom.

You can also read this article at Jan Christiansen's blog, Refreshed by the Word!

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Blogger Marja said...

Great post!!I have always been intrigued by the parable about the talents, kind of felt sorry for the guy with the one talent... But yeah, power or lazyness, we choose! Thank you for sharing!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I have a prayer request at arise 2 write.
Blessings and prayers,

3:24 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Alisa, thanks for sharing this. Makes me see the parable of the talents in a new light.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

As always, I'm inspired by your writing, Alisa. The truth of God shines out through every line.

Thanks for being a guest on my blog today.


4:23 PM  
Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes we need to see this power behind us and tap into it.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

your post refreshed me! thank you

7:57 PM  
Blogger Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for the great post, Alisa. I have a seven year old grandson that plays soccer with that enthusiasm too. Nice thought about ability being the power of the Holy Spirit within.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

Outstanding! I was having a discussion about this very topic tonight with a friend, so the timing could not have been better, Alisa.

12:22 AM  
Blogger Leah @ Point Ministries said...

And I do want to be used by the Spirit!! This is a great post...a wonderful reminder to do the things that we need to do to keep our faith fresh and flourishing.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Toyin O. said...

Amen, there is nothing that gives me more joy than knowing that God uses the weaks things of this world to confound the strong. That is and will always be my only hope:)

6:28 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Wow!! Amen and definite hope in the passion for my God that surges through every part of my being!!! Thank you for the reminder of enthusiasm over plain ability!!!! I love your comparison to I Corinthians are an amazing writer Alisa!!!! I praise God for His talents in you...I want to be a 5 talent servant too!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

10:26 PM  
Blogger Señorita said...

What an inspiring post!! Love that scripture from 1 Corinthians 2: 3-5... Thank you for your encouragement :)

10:27 PM  
Blogger Tyrean Martinson said...

Amen! Thank you for this post!

12:47 PM  
Blogger God Is Enthralled By Your Beauty said...

Everytime I see a post by you...I am blessed and refreshed by our God who shines so beautifully through you Alisa!!!! I know I already this before the other day...but came by again!!!

11:20 PM  
Blogger Wanda Metcalf said...

Hi Alisa It's great to meet you, I read you went to school A&M Corpus Christi... I wonder if you are still in TX? I miss my home state and really would love to be at the beach in CC for sure!! But must yell ~ Hook Em' at ya ; )

Thanks you for the nice compliment you gave on my daughter she is a very sweet daughter. That picture was 3 years ago, but she is still a pink girly girl! She had bright pink pumps under her wedding gown this past Aug! I planned on using that for one of my pink Sat, post.

Love your post. It is a wonderful love our Lord gives us that He draws us to himself by us needing Him when we are unable. Praise God He is always able and He gives us the desire to look to Him when we need His guidance. We can have Joy when others would think we are failing, but He has given the desire to be playful and love what we are doing despite our lack of skills.

Your sister through Him

1:04 AM  
Blogger RemiRoy said...

Wow! You really Inspire me. This sure enlightened me more. God bless.

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11:36 AM  
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