1. You have a gift.
Yes, you! As a believer in Christ, God has given you a spiritual gift. When it comes to calling and gifts we are often far more concerned with what we think we can’t do, rather than with what God can do.
Remember Moses, staring into the hot flames of the burning bush, conversing with God? God calls Moses to be a messenger, and Moses’ gut-level response is to object, “Who am I?” He continues, “What shall I say to them? What if they don’t believe me?”
Next Moses brings up the reason why he can’t do what God has asked–I’m not good at talking to people–I am slow of speech.
For every I’m not Moses gave, God responded with an I am–I AM who I am.
2. When God calls, feeling ready is not the issue.
The Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say” (Exodus 4:11-12).
There is a powerful lesson contained in what some only consider a children’s story. What a struggle it is for me to get this past my head and into my heart. We forget that He has promised to provide for us in the process. It is only in stepping forward that we experience God’s equipping grace.
3. Don’t give into fear.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, especially when it comes to using our gifts. Yet so often, some form of fear or discouragement can derail our desire to boldly answer God’s call. When we compare our ability, evaluate our performance, measure our opportunities, we can struggle to believe God will use us right where we are.
The first time I was asked to speak to a group of women, fear rushed in and I wanted to say no. When God called me to take the spiritual leadership of a women’s ministry, I didn’t think I was qualified. I had a fist full of excuses.
In January 2014, Kori Yates approached me about starting a non-profit ministry for military women. I was interested, but the scope of the vision God gave was intimidating.
God has provided choices to serve in every place we’ve lived. Every time, some level of fear made it tempting to hold back. In every call, God gave what was needed and developed my gifts in the process of serving.
If we let fear hold us back, we forfeit the opportunity to grow through using our spiritual gifts.
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How has fear effected you when it comes to using your gifts?
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