October 17, 2016

Owning Your Gift and Your Calling


Every person from time to time should reflect on his or her gift and calling. God's work involves different people with a variety of gifts. Every one of us is called to perform our own special role with the gifts God has given each of us.

Get the work Done

In 1 Corinthians 3 Paul talks about planting and watering. “The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.” 

When you're not using your gift or living out your calling it's a sign that you're not owning who you are. It also says that nothings getting planted, or the seeds are dying of thirst.

Your gift and calling are the tools needed to get the worked done. So when you fail to own your gift and calling the work goes undone.  No work no reward.

What is your gift?

American schools, colleges and universities do a poor job of helping people discover their purpose in life, and so do ‘churches’. Means, not ministry, has become their highest priority rather than people.

Your gift is that one big thing that you are passionate about, and excel at.

There are a few things that I like to do, but I’m not passionate about them. There are a few things that I am good at, but I’m not passionate about them. What I am passionate about is teaching as it relates to ministry. Teaching to inform and teaching to transform.

What is your calling?

In Why You Should Get A Better Understanding of Your Calling, I wrote that, the way you understand your calling strongly influences the way you think, respond and the way you operate.

Your calling is how you live out or express that God given gift. It is your purpose in life and where you find fulfillment. However, your calling is made up of different assignments for specific seasons. 

When I joined this one ministry years ago, I was asked to lead and help their Sunday school ministry. Upon examination, I discovered that the Sunday school was in shambles. It was in need of many things including new passion and new energy. In the process, I also discovered that the youth ministry had virtually shut down. 

I was excited! Not because of the condition of both ministries, but because it was a new assignment and a challenge I was willing to take on. 

I’m a change agent. Teaching and training for ministry is my calling and I owned it. Within a year, not only did the Sunday school ministry become stronger and was growing, but the youth ministry went from only 3 youth to 25 youth. 

Own who you are! 

It’s time for you to discover who and what you are and own it. 

If you are an entrepreneur, own it. If you are a business person, own it. If God has called you to build and design things, own it. If your gift and calling is teaching, rather spiritually or academically, own it. 

When the apostle Paul said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am,” He was beginning to not only recognize God’s work in him, but he also began to recognize who he had become. He realized that it was time for him to own who he had become and acknowledge his gift and his calling. 

You won’t change until you own your gift and calling. Things won’t change until you own your gift and calling. 

Stop wasting time doing what God called someone else to do.  Do You! Own who you are! 

When you own who you are and what God called you to be, you’ll began to influence change in your life first, and from there, all things are possible.

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