You weren’t meant for mediocre, status quo living.
Before the first strand of your DNA was created, God packed two life changing purposes into your life: to know Him and to make Him known. Don’t believe me? Check this out:
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:1).
Did you catch that? You were handcrafted in Christ and have “good works prepared in advance” for you to do. If God calls those works he’s prepared for you “good”, we shouldn’t diminish our purpose by saying it’s nothing big.
We tend to deny our gifts for 2 reasons:
1. We don’t believe our gifts are extraordinary.
For instance, In the past I compared my gifts with other people with greater success and bigger platforms. I saw my gifts as average and downplayed them every time someone would affirm them.
2. We don’t want to be perceived as arrogant.
Maybe you’ve felt like me thinking that by denying my gift that I was being humble. When people came up and mentioned or affirmed my gifts I would look away and say, “Thanks, it wasn’t that good. There’s many more people out there that are WAY more gifted than I am.”
Denying our gifts isn’t humility, it’s just denial. We actually miss an opportunity to give God glory when we act like we’re not gifted or that our gift is less than. It insults God as creator. Why shouldn’t what a great God creates be great? Doesn’t that make much more sense?
I now readily embrace my gifting in communication (writing and teaching) as well as leadership. That’s not to say my gifts don’t need sharpening, but I recognize these are the primary areas God has designed me to be used in.
You no doubt have a gift. It’s up to you whether you’ll own it. It’s time to embrace who you were always meant to be. Write it down: “I am gifted at ____” or “I am gifted with _____.” Lean in to leveraging that gift for God’s glory!
Now, take a deep breath and share below what areas God has gifted you in!
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