One of the biggest questions faced by humanity is “What Am I Here For?” How would you like to know what special gifts you possess? Though there are some things we simply are not gifted at, there are ways we can become effective for the Kingdom of God just by being ourselves.
I want to encourage you today to use the individual qualities that make you unique for God’s glory.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7, KJV).
God blessed each of us with particular gifts and abilities, and while we see some of the gifts clearly, others still await our discovery and recognition. My friend, you have a treasure on the inside – a ministry that can make a lasting impact when you use your own gifts and talents in service to others. Moreover, make no mistake about the fact that if you are a believer, you have a ministry, whether it is carried out from a pulpit or not.
Over the last several years of my ministry, I have learned that ministry can happen in some of the most uncommon places and under some of the strangest of circumstances. As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am proud of the ministry God gave me, I am passionate about helping others, and I feel compelled more and more each day to help others discover the ways God wants to develop their unique abilities. Think about the things at which you are extremely good. God wants to use those qualities about YOU to reach a hurting world.
Perhaps you think you are not good enough to do the things I suggest. Observe another person in the Bible who thought the same:
1And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. 2And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. (Exodus 4:1-2, kjv)
God told Moses (the deliverer) to use what he already had (the rod – an indicator of God’s authority) and declared that he would do great things (see Exodus 4:17). So my question to you is, “What is in your hands?”
If you are good at sewing, that could be a ministry. If you are good at playing sports, that could be a ministry. If you are good at decorating or cleaning, those could be ministries. If you are good at cooking or baking, those could be ministries. If you are good at driving, that could be a ministry. If you are good at being a Soldier, that could be a ministry. If you are good at simply ‘running your mouth’, that could be a ministry!
The treasure on the inside links to salvation and a life lived as a believer in Jesus Christ. Your commitment to Christ is what opens the door spiritually to some of your most untapped resources. So as you continue your day-to-day life as a Christian, continue to seek answers from God about His purpose for you being where you are. If you listen closely and wait patiently for the Lord’s answers, there may be an opportunity waiting just around the corner for your treasure to be opened up!
Author, speaker, musician DEREK E. EURALES, Jr., loves to share his faith, motivation, and music. His book, Principles of Christian Living, has become a “must read” for believers of all ages. To order your copy, click here.