How to Find, Refine and Apply Your Gifts

When God created you,
he didn’t create a blank slate
he didn’t create a purposeless being
he didn’t create you to fill space
or to be a clone of someone else
but he made you carefully, deliberately, thoughtfully and uniquely.

That in itself is a beautiful and amazing thing to try and comprehend.

 

The purpose for our creation is revealed throughout scripture:

  • Jeremiah 1:5 says, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I consecrated you, I declared you a prophet to the nations'. 
  • Isaiah 43:7 says, 'everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.'
  • Colossians 1:16 says, 'For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.'

 

We have been created by God, for God and for His glory. 

People ask what the meaning of life is - that’s it.

 

Our ultimate goal is to bring God glory and for each and every one of us, this is directly tied up in our understanding of who we are and our identity in Him.

We often hear messages on purpose and think, when I have this title or this position, and I’m in this place, that’s what I’m called to do. That’s my purpose. It’s often this far off vision and we’re constantly trying to GET somewhere.

 

You don’t have to wait until you get somewhere… because God has already put gifts inside of you to use, right now. The best thing you can do is to discover the gifts God has put inside of you and start using.

 

1 Corinthians 12 tells us how we are all a part of a greater body, working together and we all play a unique and individual part, however your unique gifts aren’t JUST for church life.

The gifts God has given you aren’t meant to be confined to any one context - church, work, family, friends - but our gifts are meant to be something that blesses all people regardless of context.

 

We usually stumble upon gifts naturally and fall into them because they’re things that we’re naturally good at. But because we’re naturally good at them, we don’t pay them much attention.

We need to get a hold of our gifts, exercise them, examine them, test them and refine them.

Romans 12:6-8 and Ephesians 4:11-16 outline some of the Spiritual Gifts that God gives to us.

 

We’re all on a journey in this area and that’s okay - as long as you keep moving forward and exercising the one or two gifts that we can see, you'll end up exactly where God wants you.

 

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