So for those of you who grew up in church, did you ever hear this one:
God doesn’t want your ability, just your availability.
Familiar? I’ve always believe this and even taught this principle to others; the idea that what God requires is your surrendered heart more than any unique gift set you might possess. And there is some truth to the idea that too many people think they are “God’s gift to God” because they have unique abilities.
But generally, we classify what we can “bring” to God in three areas:
and since “availability” is a sub-set of time, we’re saying that one of these is more important than another. But what if someone is a rich young ruler who finds it hard to give up wealth? We might say,
God doesn’t want your hours of community service, just your wealth.
Wow! That was awkward. But is it any more awkward than the first one? What if someone is a professional and is accustomed to charging for their services and someone suggests that
God doesn’t want your money, he wants you to volunteer your services.
That could really bite. But it’s true that some people want to “buy” their way out of surrendering their time or talents. For some people, the easiest way to meet a need is with a cash, check, or credit card donation.
So what’s the solution?
The fact of the matter is God doesn’t want/need any of those “t” things listed above. He is concerned about who you are and are becoming. He wants you to be his friend. He wants to commune with you, spend time with you; and wants you to want to commune with Him and spend time with Him.
God doesn’t want your ability or your availability, He wants you.