When I was young, I wanted to be a genius musician. But over the years something happened that messed that up. I started studying the work of other musicians of the day who were definitely brilliant, if not genius. People like like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Prince, etc. comparing my work to theirs made one thing really obvious.
I am definitely not a genius.
And that’s ok. Genius isn’t where the action is anyway.
Romans 12 tells us how to live a changed life because of the love of Jesus. Paul writes that the key to living a new life is letting God change the way you think. And one of the first things he talks about is humility:
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Romans 12:3-5 NLT
Paul tells us to be honest and real in our assessment of ourselves. He tells us to remember we are just one small part of the body of Christ, and all parts need the others. Our talents are needed, but we also need the talents of others.
So be humble.
The more I’ve understood this, the more I’ve seen God use my flawed efforts as a husband, dad, musician, preacher, cartoonist, blogger, neighbor, friend, or whatever. Not because I’m any closer to being a genius, but because I’m as far from it as ever. Because I’m seriously imperfect and broken.
And I know it full well. And that’s good.
The point is this: given the choice between the prideful genius and the humble, God will use the humble every time.
So whatever you’re gifted in, do it with your whole heart for The Lord. Use your talents to bless and serve, even if those talents are only average. Go crazy.
And if you’re not a genius? That’s ok. Few are.
But do be humble.