I know the normal and usual thing to do is to show your talent and your full capabilites so that opportunity will be given to you. But it is not always straight forward like that. So don’t be too quick to display your gifts. You have to be smart and take time to study the environment, culture and terrain you have come to first. Assess the kind of people you are working with and know your boss. This will help you to know if it is wise for you to show your talent immediately or to lie low for the opportunity to come to you first.
Sometimes people feel threatened, jealous and insecured by other people’s gift. If you find yourself amongst people like this, it is going to be very difficult for them to pass an opportunity to you. They can even frustrate you to get you out of the group or organization. So be careful and don’t be too quick to display your gifts. Sometimes, it is better you lie low for the opportunity to come to you first. Then you can start showing you are more than what they thought and expected. In that case, it is going to be difficult or too late for them to do a u-turn on you. Because they know people have seen your good works. And they fear the reaction and the meanings people are going to read into their action against you. This was one of the reasons why King Saul couldn’t do much about David. Saul had already given an opportunity to David. And David had taken it and performed beyond expectations. If he knew the result of his decision beforehand, he would not allow it. Now the people had witnessed the talent of David. They now loved and admired David for his works. Saul saw that David was anointed. The people knew David was anointed. When you are anointed or gifted to do something, everybody will know it immediately you start functioning!
I believe whatever God has promised and ordained in your life will eventually come to pass. Nobody can stop God’s word from coming to pass in your life. But you have to be smart as well so that you don’t be too quick to display your gifts when should be lying low instead. This can help you avoid unnecessary competitions and delays. You have be smart not to attract avoidable enemies and resistance.