It’s not what you’ve got, but what you do with what you’ve got, that matters to God. The Admirable James Crichton was a 16th-century child prodigy — perhaps the greatest who ever lived. At the age of 13, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree; at 17, he earned his Master of Arts degree. At 19 years old, Crichton traveled Europe, challenging others to debate any issue with him. The young man boasted of his expertise in all fields of learning and his proficiency of ten languages.

Besides an agile mind, James Crichton also possessed a strong and athletic body. His talents included painting, singing, and equestrianism.

Unfortunately, the Admirable Crichton was killed at the age of 22 by a drunken prince whom he tutored. The young man never made any significant contributions during his lifetime. He had an impressive amount of accumulated knowledge, but he never put it to profitable use. It is a pity that he did not use his gifts for Christ.

A dedicated Christian can be of far greater profit to the cause of Christ, even if he lacks Crichton’s impressive credentials. We all have limitations, but God delights to use imperfect, but willing, people. The key is willingness. When we submit our gifts and abilities to God, there are no limits to our potential.

It’s not what you’ve got, but what you do with what you’ve got, that matters to God. He simply wants you to allow Him to use you. You don’t have to show Him a résumé full of talents, achievements, and job qualifications — just show up for work with a willing attitude, and He will use you in ways you never thought possible.

The service of the less-gifted brother is as pure as that of the more-gifted, and God accepts both with equal pleasure. — A. W. Tozer

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.