Jeremiah 1 v 5 says
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Your gift is as unique as you are, hence God formed (created or made) you, sanctified you, (set you apart) for Himself, and ordained (empowered you) for the purpose that He sent you to this world. Your uniqueness is what makes you who and what you are. You cannot grow into the full expression of your potential if you live in doubt, or try to be somebody else, because that means you are undermining the gift of God that is in you.
Success is not the accumulation of material things; rather it is living out God’s purpose for your life by applying yourself to His gift in you. Your gift is more than enough for your life journey. Once you discover its composition or structure, develop and apply it, you will start to walk in freedom and success, because as the Bible says: your gift will make room for you! No one was born to simply struggle in life because we are all wired by God to function according to a specific sequence dictated by the gift of God in us. Whenever somebody taps into this, he or she will unlock the great potential inherent in him or her, which will open the door of great success in his or her life.
Society and the IQ movement have led us to believe that one is either gifted or not, below average or average, school grade or University material. How can you measure the essence of anybody by a series of tests that only pertains to mental aptitude and also streamlined or confined to a classroom environment? Thank God, He sees us differently! We are created in His image, (Genesis 1 v 26 – 27); and He has given us the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2 v 16) which confirms that we are not limited by anything – except the limitations that we put on ourselves. In the same way that your muscle grows with exercise and your intelligence grows with usage, the gift of God in you will also grow and develop as you use it accordingly.
How To Discover Your Gift
1. The ashes of your past
It is not unusual to have come across your gift somewhere in the past. Maybe when you were young, you may not even have realized it then! But when you look back at your life, somewhere in the past, the traits of the gift of God in you will be noticed.
2. Your Passion
Passion is expressed at the first realization of your gift. Your passion is that thing that consumes your thoughts, dreams, and your life. It is expressed in the things you can and will do without being bored or tired of doing it.
Your passion is different from your hobby in that:
Your hobbies are:
- Activities pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.
- A vocation, sideline or spare time activity.
Your passion is:
- A powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.
- A strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm or desire for a thing.
3. Natural Bent
You can only produce on the outside what you have on the inside. Your skill or gift will be the dominant force that drives you towards a specific inclination. If you are still unsure of your natural bent, step back and examine where is your “comfort zone”? Where or what is it that you naturally and easily deferred to especially when things are rough? The Bible says in Proverbs 22 v 6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This is not saying you should train a child in the way you think he should go, or lead the child to become what you want them to be in life. It means to study a child, identify his natural bent – (the things that he will naturally defer to) you can guide that child in how to become the best so that by the time s/he grows up, it would have become part of his personhood or vocation in life.
So when you feel the inner turmoil about yourself or your life, could it be that you haven’t really discovered your gift? Find it, search for it, leave no stone unturned because therein lies your success in life.
To be continued…
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