Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you have no doubt heard about the untimely and tragic death of Grammy Award winning pop singer Whitney Houston. The 48-year-old singer was found “underwater and unconscious” in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel room where she was preparing to attend a party for the next day’s big event. I’m not going to speak to the eternal state of Miss Houston’s soul because only 2 individuals know that, Miss Houston and God. I would like to focus on the obvious fact that her God-given ability not only to sing, but also to act was squandered through the life that she chose to live. God creates us all with certain abilities, natural gifts, talents and even spiritual gifts. What a great tragedy it is when we over look those God-given gifts and abilities and choose to live our lives for ourselves rather than our Creator God. I’m reminded of the following scripture that the Apostle Paul wrote to young disciple Timothy,
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” 2 Timothy 1:8–9
Notice that Paul reminds Timothy not to be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord and also reminds him that God saved and called him to a holy calling, because of His own purpose and grace. Sometimes we tend to forget that God saved us, not to serve ourselves or our own agenda, but He saved us for His own purpose. Sometimes we want to forge our own path with our lives and God continually reminds us that it is not about us. Rather it is about His glory and His plan and His purpose for us in serving Him.
Whitney Houston, having been raised in church from a very young age and actually starting her singing career in her church, unfortunately, along the path of life clearly lost track of this truth. Her purpose and calling became her own and not the Lord’s. I trust we do not take for granted the gifts, talents and abilities that God has given to us in this life. I’m praying we use every day of our existence here on this earth to serve Him for His glory and honor and not our own.
The world was shocked by Miss Houston’s untimely and tragic death. But tragically many people pass from this life into the next every day almost without notice and that’s why we as Christians need to be diligent to preach and share the good news of the gospel with this lost and dying world in which we live.
Just Something To Ponder…Pastor Steve