I have a friend who has the gift of evangelism. She is eager to share her love for God with anyone and everyone. She does it with such ease. It’s just natural for her to bubble over with the message of God’s love to everyone she meets. She has a burning desire to see her loved ones, her students, her co-workers, her neighbors have a close relationship with God.
She remembers her life before God. She knows what she was missing. She knows she’s been forgiven and made new. She wants the same for everyone. She’s a bright light shining in a dark world.
I want to be like her. I want my love of Jesus to just roll off my lips. I want to want everyone to know my Jesus. I want to share with others the gift of eternal life that I’ve been given. Why do I find it so hard to do?
I have a friend who has the gifts of knowledge and faith. She journals. She prays behind the closed doors of her closet. She spends intentional time alone with God. And he speaks to her. He gives her specific words to let her know that he has got her in the palm of his hand. He lets her know that he protects her and her loved ones when she is fearful. He has answered specific prayers in just the way he has told her he would. He has provided her with words of truth and encouragement to share with others at just the right time. When she had no idea what the words meant to the other person. She knew the words were from him. They were bigger than her. But she was faithful. At times, she’s seen the results of those faithful words and knew that it was God alone who gave them to her. They were words of God. Not of her. She believes the words he gives her and waits for him to fulfill his promises.
I want to be like her. I want God to speak specific words of encouragement and faith to me. I want to then share those words with those who were meant to hear them. I want to see God working specifically as he has said he would. I want to hear God speak promises and reassurances to me. But that isn’t the way God speaks to me. Why not?
I have often wondered if I have gifts. Why would God create me without gifts? What was he thinking? Am I the only person God made who has no gifts? Or are they just buried really deep within? I’ve tried to find them. I’ve compared myself to others and didn’t find their gifts hiding inside me. I never measured up to them and their gifts.
What if you have God-given gifts and He wants to turn you loose with them? ~Jennie Allen
If I can see others’ gifts, why can’t I see my own? Am I too focused on my own weaknesses to see my gifts? I’ve taken spiritual gifts tests, personality tests, strengths finders. I know what they say. They’re words on a paper evaluating my answers to too many questions. Questions that are supposed to be answered quickly without much thought. Problem is…I like to think. I like to ponder. I like to roll thoughts and ideas around in my head and then make the decision. I’m not indecisive. I’m just not spontaneous. Is that my gift?
What is God’s purpose for me? He said that he knew me before I was born. He knows my name. He even knows the number of hairs on my head. He made me and He planned for me. He gifted me.
Don’t worry. I know my gifts. I just have trouble seeing them as gifts. I focus more on my weaknesses than my strengths. Why do I try to hide my gifts while at the same time easily spotting the gifts of others? Jennie Allen says that we often find it easy to encourage the people around us and recognize their gifts and talents, yet we deny the gifts God has also placed on our lives. It’s time to celebrate God’s unique work called Me and the gifts he has placed in me.
Can you recognize your gifts? If not, check out this tool to get you started.