We have all heard that being a great athlete is 20% skill and 80% attitude (or sometimes worded 80% heart). You bring your 20% skill with a winning attitude and you’ll very likely have some success in the athletic arena. (Not that I know this first hand… I brought very little skill to my track meets, and brought a fun/playful attitude to the cross country trail – but hey… someone has to come in last – at least I did it with a smile 🙂 Uh, yeah, back to the point…)
God’s word has enlightened me to another percentage. In Psalm 107, we hear about some sailors that were sailing along, doing their trade on the “vast waters. They saw the Lord’s works, His wonderful works in the deep.” But suddenly, a storm came up that caused their ships to rise up to the sky and sink down to the depths. The sailors “reeled and staggered like drunken men” and here is the verse that stuck out to me, vs. 27, “and all their skill was useless.” Well, doesn’t that just blow our percentages out of the water?? What about the 20% skill that they did have?? What happened next?? “The cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress” vs. 28. Not ONLY did He bring them out of their distress, “He stilled the storm to a murmur and the waves of the sea were hushed.” Their reaction?? “They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet” vs. 30. AND ThEn, “He guided them to the harbor they longed for.”
Those sailors were sailing along, probably thought they were pretty HOT STUFF, pretty confident they could handle ANYTHING that may come up on the seas. Sure, they had their skill, and definitely had some attitude; however, the reality was that in the end they were helpless without JESUS. We can do the same thing. We can quickly and easily fall into confidence (uh, pride) in a skill/ability/gift that we have, and forget that without Jesus “all our skill is useless.” With Jesus, we can bring our skill/gift/ability (20%), add to it a good attitude and right heart – which is SO important (80%) and then FULLY RELY on GOD and let Jesus work (100%) which equals a supernatural equation – 200%. Yeah, Math with Jesus is awesome :-)!!
“I can do all things through HIM who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
“Therefore I will boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that CHRIST’S power may reside in me… For when I am weak, than I am strong.” 1 Cor. 12:9-10