Never place GIFTEDNESS above FAITHFULNESS in life and ministry. Even God doesn’t do such.
God reckons with FAITHFULNESS and please note that the “greater” things of the Kingdom are not committed to the GIFTED but to the FAITHFUL.
The Apostle Paul once told Timothy:
2 TIMOTHY 2:2
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same COMMIT THOU TO FAITHFUL MEN, who shall be able to teach others also.
He didn’t say “COMMIT THOU TO GIFTED MEN”; he said “COMMIT THOU TO FAITHFUL MEN”.
Our Lord Jesus Christ also noted:
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
You see, FAITHFULNESS is very key in this Kingdom.
While GIFTEDNESS is good and admirable and should indeed be encouraged, it must however not be placed above FAITHFULNESS.
One of the greatest pains that you will ever experience in leadership will come from people who are gifted, talented, endowed and even full of charisma but are NOT FAITHFUL.
Such people are not reliable and if care is not taken, they can cause a leader to harbour offences in his heart.
As a leader, you must continue to protect your heart. Don’t let anyone hold you to ransom by reason of their gifts or skills.
Give other people who are have A HEART opportunities to explore and to express.
Give people platforms for the discovery, development and deployment of their potentials.
Let nobody feel “indispensable” around you. Always strive to have more than one or two people who can get something done.
I have discovered from ministry experience that it is MUCH EASIER to get faithful people to learn new things, acquire new skills and develop strength in their areas of weaknesses.
But those who are “GIFTED” but not FAITHFUL have A TOO KNOW ATTITUDE.
For instance, as a setman of a ministry, you primarily don’t need someone who is charismatic or who can preach fire and brimstone as an Associate Pastor.
No, you need someone who has a heart, someone who is faithful, someone who keys into the vision and follows instructions, someone who is meek and broken and someone who sees your corrections as a privilege.
Even if such a person is not as charismatic as you would have wanted, it is the EASIEST thing for him to acquire because he’s a learner and he follows instructions.
Anything short of that is shooting yourself in the leg. Rewarding GIFTEDNESS above FAITHFULNESS in life and ministry will have a boomeranging effect.
You still have a long way to go. Protect your heart. Don’t let people keep injuring your heart every time and don’t ever develop high blood pressure because of anyone.
Trust the Spirit of God to discern faithful people around you and surround yourself with same while you also REWARD them accordingly and you will have the peace of mind to fulfil God’s divine mandate.