Daily Devotional – 3/21/13 “Your gift will make room for you!”

God’s word says in Proverbs 18:16, “A person’s gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people.” This didn’t say you would bring yourself before important people but it says your gift will. See, I had this revelation this morning about myself and I had to quickly check myself because while I’m trying to get my gifts of writing and speaking noticed I didn’t stop to realize exactly what the word said. It says your gift! Yea, I know you’ve been trying to get promoted on your job, let your work speak for you because it can take you more places than you can. There are a lot of people who don’t hold degrees but they hold titles because their work preceded them and spoke on their behalf. If the work that you do is of great standing then it will speak for itself. When you are doing all that you should be doing, then it catches the eye of those that need to see it and you won’t have to say a thing when your boss comes with the promotion that you didn’t even apply for because your work has already claimed it for you. When God starts to open up the doors and you start getting calls to speak here, go here, do this and do that it will be because your work spoke for you. When you realize your raise was double what it should have been it is because you allowed your work to speak for you. If you are as good as you think you are, someone is noticing and you don’t have to say a word. You wonder how the VP of the company knows your name out of 500+ employees when you’ve never met – Your work introduced you. You’re wondering how the HR person at another company knew about the talents that you have – you work spoke for you! You’re wondering how you got the interview when there were 3 other people who had degrees and more years of experience – your work spoke up for you! You’re trying to figure out how this Pastor knew about you – your work spoke for you! You’re wondering how you’re the one always asked to speak before people who are more qualified than you – your work spoke for you.

See, stop bragging and boasting about yourself because John 5:31 says, “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true,” but then John 5:32 says, “There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.” Let someone else brag on your good works. Let others see the work that you’ve done and then allow it to speak for you because most of the time when you’re bragging about yourself, it’s actually to the person who wants to see you fail. Excuse me while I make this personal… While I’m worrying about getting my work noticed, I’m going to allow my work to speak for me. While I’m trying to advance my career, I’ll let my work speak for me. While I’m trying to go here and there, I’ll allow my work to speak for me because it can tell more about me than I can. Now, I didn’t say stop working but I said let your gift make room for you and take you places. You still have to put in the work (applications, sharing your work, sending resumes, using your gift, etc.,) but then allow it to speak for you. You don’t have to beat folk over the head to notice you because your gift will do it by itself. Allow your gift to take you places because your gift is a blessing from God and what God gives, man can’t take.

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