Victoria Cowie – you might want to remember that name – she may be the all time smartest person in the world.
She is 11-years-old and lives in Shropshire, England. Her parents are teachers and they saw very soon that she was extraordinarily bright. She was reading elementary school books as a toddler.
She recently was given an IQ test and scored 162! That surpasses 160 thought to belong to Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking.
Cowie is only 11-years-old and her IQ is above Einstein’s IQ!!
The real question becomes – what do you do with what you have? She says she really enjoys science and doing experiments, but she also loves acting and dancing and playing musical instruments. She enjoys sports like swimming. She has already indicated that, “My favorite subject is biology, and I want to be a vet when I’m older because I love animals and I’m not afraid of blood.”
What a tremendous opportunity lies before her. Of course, her parents also try to remind her that there are some rather routine responsibilities. They are teaching her how to clean up her room!
Jesus said, “Much is required from the person to whom much is given; much more is required from the person to whom much more is given.” (Luke 12:48 GNT) I don’t think anyone reading this would have an IQ of 162, but I know some awfully smart people are reading this. The more God gives to you, the greater the responsibility to use it for kingdom work.
This basic concept goes not only with our IQ but with our gifts, our talents, our financial capabilities, our expertise, etc. This is causing me to reevaluate what I am really doing with what God has given me.
It might be a good thing for each of us to ask a good friend to give us a test – a test that might be more important than an IQ test – to evaluate how well we are using all that God has given us. When evaluated about how much of a difference is my life making – how high would I score?
Read Matthew 25:14-30, where Jesus told the parable of the talents. Regardless of how many talents you have – we are expected to invest them wisely and productively in kingdom work. Jesus said, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.” (v. 29 NLT)
Victoria Cowie has a huge blessing and responsibility in front of her. Each of us has an equal responsibility as what is expected of us is relative to what God has given to us.
What’s your score?