Daily Devotional 7-20-20

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Hey everyone. Andy here. Question for you: Do you ever wonder what it’s all about? If you find yourself without purpose, it could be that you’re looking in the wrong places for fulfillment. God created man to be in a relationship with him. He gives us each unique skills traits, talents, really gifts that he wants you to use for his glory.

Ephesians 2:10 tells us “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (ESV). In Romans 12, Paul writes, “We have different gifts according to the grace given to each of us.” And then he goes on to name some potential spiritual gifts and also tells us to use them faithfully, generously, diligently, and cheerfully.

Now, I can almost hear some of you saying sure, dude, but I have no idea what my spiritual gift is. Well, there are some resources for you. Like there are a number of online tools you can use to help you identify your spiritual gift. Also, you can ask those who know you best. You might be amazed at how adept others are at seeing your gifts. And of course, the greatest resource of all is to genuinely ask God to reveal your gifts to you and to guide you in ways to use them.

I want to caution you, however, to avoid undermining yourself by comparing your gifts to others. One of the quickest ways to paralyze yourself into inaction is to give in to the fear of inadequacy based on some perceived shortcoming compared to someone else. We tend to be our own worst critics. And it’s easy to listen to the voice in your head saying you’re not good enough. But really who cares if someone else seems better at a particular skill than you think you are, you can rest assured that if you use your God-given talents in faith to serve God’s kingdom, someone’s going to get blessed.

Also, don’t wait until you think you’re proficient enough to start sharing your talents. I’ve heard it said you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. And I think that’s really true. Does that make sense?

Look, in my experience, we are much more apt to find fulfillment. When we put to use the spiritual gifts bestowed on us by the one who created us. Hey, that’s about it for now, I hope you found it worthwhile. And if the Lord wills it, I’ll see you again real soon.