Each one of you has a gift that God has given, a unique gift that nobody else has but you. And God wants you to use this gift as you pursue the dream He has for your life.
Oh but Pastor, I don’t think I have a gift. Everyone else around me looks so gifted and so talented and achieving much!
It might appear so but that is not true. We look at the stage gifts and think we don't have a gift. But it’s not just about the pulpit. We need anointed doctors, musicians, politicians and business people. We need anointed homemakers, teachers, the list goes on and on.
If God has called you to be a web developer or a builder, that specific gift is as important as the Pastor or Worship Leader.
So each one of you have been given a gift by God. Let me give you Scripture.
1 Corinthians 7:7 NKJV
For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
1 Peter 4:10 NKJV
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Romans 12:6 NKJV
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…
So every person has been given a gift. The key is to discover what that gift is. We tell our children, “When you grow up, you can be whatever you want to be”. That is not true.
It’s not for them to decide what they will be one day. God has already decided that for them. It’s for them to discover what God has already called them to be and do.
We must train up our children in the way they should go and not in the way we want them to go.
When people are in there place, they will excel. There are no bad people or useless people; there are just misplaced people.
The following story will highlight the point I’m making.
A Rabbit on the Swim Team
Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful to meet the problems of the new world. So they organized a school.
They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.
The duck was excellent in swimming; in fact, better than his instructor. But he made only passing grades in flying, and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to drop swimming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his web feet to be badly worn, so that he was only average in swimming. But average was quite acceptable, so nobody worried about that-except the duck.
The rabbit started at the top of his class in running, but developed a nervous twitch in his leg muscles because of so much make-up work in swimming.
The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant frustration in flying class because his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He developed “Charlie horses” from overexertion and so only got a C in climbing and a D in running.
The eagle was a problem child and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing classes he beat the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there.
The obvious moral of the story is a simple one – each creature has its own set of capabilities in which it will naturally excel – unless it is expected or forced to fill a mold that doesn’t fit.
When that happens, frustration, discouragement and even guilt bring overall mediocrity or complete defeat.
If God made you a duck saint – you’re a duck, friend. Swim like mad but don’t get bent out of shape because you wobble when you run; or flap instead of fly.
Furthermore, if you’re an eagle saint, stop expecting squirrel saints to soar or rabbit saints to build the same kind of nests you do.
So relax. Be yourself. Be who God created you to be. Stop comparing yourself with others and enjoy being you!
Everything you need to do what God has called you to do is in you. It’s time for you to stir up your gift.
The spirit of fear has been suppressing it. People’s opinions have been suppressing it. Your past failures have been suppressing it. It’s time to stir it up.
Your wealth is in your gift. Your greatness is in your gift. The doorway to great success is in your gift.
Proverbs 18:6 NKJV
A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
But do not magnify your gift above God. Don’t worship your gift, worship the One who gave you the gift.
Begin to put your gift into the hands of God. Surrender your life to Him. Let Him open up the way for you.
Stir up your gift.
Father, thank you for giving me a gift, a unique gift that the Body of Christ needs. I ask you to reveal this gift to me by Your Spirit so that I can use it for your glory. I declare that I'm in my place and flowing in my grace. I stir up the gift of God, it makes room for me and brings me before great people. in Jesus name. Amen
Ps. Lester Holland
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