The Blessing of Single/Multi-giftedness

For those who may not be familiar with the guy in yellow, he’s Saitama from the anime series”one punch man”. A guy too powerful, it only takes one punch from him to save the day. You can look it up. Just a little bit of enlightment to those new the superhero world.

On to the message that can be drawn from the art. Notice the pose Saitama 2 takes. He’s  not the original Saitama so lets call him Saitama 2. Notice the pose. It sort of suits a martial art pose. Martial arts is basically composed of two things. Movement and different artistic poses which make it a martial art. When art and movement are combined, they form an impressive wall of self-defense. It becomes an art on a category of it’s own.

Some people are good in many things. Some are exceptionally good at one thing. Is God fair to give only one gift to a person and three to another? Definitely. It may seem that having less isn’t fair. But less is more. The person with one gift has the opportunity and privilege of steam-lined focus as far as the gift is concerned. The multi-talented individual, like David has to balance three or four. That is why the single-talented individual has great potential to break world records. World’s strongest man, world’s fastest man etc. the list is endless.

This however is not to say that the multi-talented cannot break records. In fact, if the single-talented slacks, the multi-talented will surpass them even in their single skillset. We have heard hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. It’s not only fact. It’s spiritual law.

Matthew 24-28: “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” (NLT)

The single-talented one had great potential, but the multi-talented overcame did better than him, implicitly even in his single area of expertise. Read again. Why did he not use what he was given? He was afraid. Fear of failure paralyses movement and outworking of the gift God has placed in you. “I hid it in the earth” is what the single-talented said. Is fear of failure causing you to hide your gift within you? I strongly recommend you check out How to build mountain moving faith . At some point i felt that it was quite unfair for the master to take the gift from someone who only had one, and give it to the one with ten!!! It couldn’t have been more unfair. So I thought. But my eyes were opened I came to a realization.

Think about this. If you have something in your room e.g clothes in your closet that you haven’t used for say a period of three years. If they are taken from you, would it be unfair? Certainly not. The fact that you are no longer using them is an indication that they are no longer important to you. You no longer have regard for them. That is why you are no longer wearing them. They would actually be of great help to someone else out there who either has limited clothes to wear or can recycle them for different uses. When given to someone else, it then becomes beneficial instead of filling up space. That is why the master takes it and gives it out to a place where it can bear fruit. God is extravagant, but He never wastes.

So if you have a single-talent, you are in an extraordinary position. Saitama is exceptionally strong! He doesn’t have multiple superpowers. But his strength is just tremendous. I don’t think superman can take him. But that is the story for another day. If you feel you are the guy/girl with one talent, make use of that privilege. God designed you to become world-class in that area. You have vast potential to break world-records. If you don’t work with God, he will work with someone else. Do not waste it and lose out on the potential to co-labor in a fun and exciting adventure with the master.

So what about the multi-gifted? The multi-gifted can also be called polymaths. Those who are very good in three to five areas. They may not be able to play piano like the single-talented, but they can still play it well and to add on to that, probably draw, play football, sing and dance. Saitama 2 may not be as strong as Saitama . You can actually see that he skips leg day. 😀 But He can move his body in rhythmic movements that Saitama cannot.  Usain Bolt ran 9.58s in 100m. But he cannot run + jump + throw like the great decathlete Ashton Eaton. Even though Bolt is faster in sprinting.

The multi-gifted even though may not be world-class in a single event, have the capacity to combine their giftings to make them world-class in that combination. It is in that concoction of giftings that sets them apart and makes them world-class. That is the blessing of multi-giftedness. It can be very easy however, to lose direction when being multi-gifted. You try this, you try that, you don’t know whether to stick with this or stick with that. That is why you need to seek God to give you clarity of purpose. David understood this.

Psalms 90:12: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (KJV)

David was a shepherd, a sling-man, a poet, a writer, a swordsman, a musician and a king. How do you even manage that? There is one thing that we know. He was a man after God’s own heart. He always sought wisdom and direction from the master.

1 Samuel 30:8: “And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.(KJV)

Purpose is what will give directions to our gifts. Our calling ties them all together for one pursuit. When we seek God, he gives us direction and lets us know what to do with our gifts. David was  conditioned to pursue his passion . Once David was done with Goliath, he picked up a sword. When he was in the palace with Saul, he did not ward off the evil spirit with a sword but with a harp. When ruling the kingdom, he did not use a sling. He was acting with a renewed mind each time. Using his gifts according to the required tasks. He had direction.

We all fall into either one of the categories. I personally place Samson in the single-gifted area and David in the multi-gifted. Whichever area God has placed us, it is a great blessing. None is better than the other. For the single-gifted, don’t let laziness take your focus away. For the multi-gifted, do not let lack of direction be your downfall.  At the end of the day, be faithful and walk in obedience.

The more you put to use what you have been given, the more you grow. Growth will be inevitable. That is principle and fact. That is how you will get to hear the words, well done, good and faithful servant.

Matthew 25:29 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!

In other news, want to see Saitama dance? Enjoy the video ! 🙂

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