Managing Your Gift: The Truth About You

I keep hammering on this topic because it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I may have gotten quite a bit more philosophical than I have in the past, but these are things I care about!

Have you ever looked at someone and marveled at their abilities? Maybe they’re gifted in leadership. Maybe they’ve got great musical talent. Maybe they have a way with words. Maybe they have unusual relational skills. In the back of our minds, we often hear a whisper, “I could never be that.”

I have both good news and bad news wrapped up in a simple statement.

Humanly speaking, you’re not a genetic phenomenon, nor are they.

Sometimes we look at successful people and think that they must have some magnificent in-born talent. Did God give them a special talent? I have no doubt! However, I suspect the difference between your natural abilities and theirs is much smaller than you think.

Two false beliefs will keep you from success:

  1. If you believe success has everything to do with natural ability, you’ll never be motivated to try.
  2. If you believe success has nothing to do with natural ability, you’ll wear yourself out.

God has given you specific interests and abilities. These are your areas of greatest potential for success.

If you have a natural talent in music, what separates you from great musicians is probably mostly knowledge and practice. These are not something you’re born with. However, if you lack all natural talent in music, your chances of becoming truly great in music is very slim.

If you will succeed in your gift, you need to find other people who have become successful in that gift and learn from them, whether it’s through a personal relationship, or through their writings or other teachings.

There’s more.

Spiritually speaking, if you are a Christian, you are a genetic phenomenon.

As a follower of Christ, you have been adopted into the family of God. That makes you a son or daughter of God.

God has given you His Holy Spirit, who is a spirit of wisdom and understanding. Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to empower you to go beyond your natural gifts and to give you supernatural power to fulfill your call.

God has also set some principles in place for your success. Do you want to receive more wisdom? It’s quite simple. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear God, and you’ll become wiser.

God wants to glorify Himself through His people, and I believe He wants to empower people in ways that, when the world asks about our success, we can only tell them, “It’s God.” Like the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, I want no shadow of doubt that it was God and God alone who brought victory and success.

Now comes your part again!

God has given you special abilities and talents. How does He want you to grow them? How does He want to show Himself strong in you, taking you beyond your own abilities and empowering you do great feats by faith?

Most of all, how can you use your life to bring greater glory to God?

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