There are some artists out there that just seem to overflow with talent. Their natural gifting makes it seem as if they need no training, guidance, or even practice. They just Got It, or so it seems. Though their potential is amazing...it often does not realized. Why? When things come naturally, there is not as much passion/need/desire to grow & challenge one's self. I have seen many students over the years "phone it in". They do work that may match or exceed the average art student, but it falls short of what they can truly do. Motivating the ones that "Got It" becomes much more challenging than working with the struggling student.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything- all she had to live on."
So many people of faith also seem to "phone it in". They "Got It"...but they do nothing with it. What will motivate the believer to start using their gifts, talents, and resources for God's work? How can we encourage others to live this life with passion, to work hard, grow, and challenge themselves to do & be more. In a world that seems to be out for #1...how can we encourage them to look outside themselves & their own needs. What kind of example are we? Does our life reflect the widow or the rich people? Are we living a life that motivated by the amazing gift we have been given? Take some time this week and pray about who//what/where/when you could start giving of yourself & resources. You will be amazed what God will do!