For When Your Gifts Feel Less Than Enough
I am currently reading the book Unashamed by Christine Caine. And in it, while she is talking about why Jesus came, she offers this beautiful interpretation of why He came. He came to set us free. “Free to walk into the fullness of every promise that he has for our lives. Free to be who he made us to be. Free to do all that he created us to do.”
Jesus came to set us free with the truth of who we are. Not who we aren’t. But we often get so distracted… So derailed by a culture that bombards us with who we are not, and why we should want to be someone else over the who that we were created to be.
Dependence is shunned.
Weakness is shameful.
And anyone not striving for perfection obviously doesn’t care about themselves enough to want more for their lives, right?
Here’s a radical thought though… Maybe we aren’t meant to focus on the areas where we aren’t gifted.
God is encouraging us to embrace our gifts and to let Him fill our weaknesses.
Jesus died to set us free. Free to be fully who we were always meant to be, the most beautiful and complete version of the person we were created to be. Free from the lie that we aren’t enough until we are excellent in all areas of worldly described strength.
You see, Satan wants you to ignore your gifts. He wants to tie you up in the constant struggle of striving to make your weak areas less weak. Chasing your tail by constantly trying to take God’s role upon yourself, rather than allowing God to do what He has faithfully promised to do.
Sprinkled generously throughout the Bible is this truth: We are to embrace our gifts, share them generously, use them for God’s glory, and let Him fill our weaknesses.
His power is made perfect in our weakness is what He says in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Then, Romans 12:6 tells us to use each of the gifts He has given us for His glory. And 1 Peter 4:10 (a personal favorite) says to use our unique gifts faithfully to serve others and show His grace to the world.
God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
He does not want our ability, He merely wants our availability.
So why do we spend so much time, energy, and effort trying to improve in areas that were never meant to be our gifts? Areas that were never meant to be the way that we show God’s grace to a hurting, broken, and searching world…
Why are we so discontent with the beautiful way God created us? So unhappy with the unique recipe of gifts, passions, talents, and abilities that make us who we are, and equip us for the crucial purpose that God knew was ours before time began.
The who that we are is the person that God excitedly planned for before time began and meticulously knit together in our mother’s womb with great care.
You were not created with unique strengths, gifts, and abilities so that you would spend your life trying to get better at what God didn’t gift you with.
Own your gifts and serve faithfully with them.
How will you serve God with your gifts today?