In the road to discovering and living out our gifting, we must tackle our fear. Fear keeps us from doing too many things in life. It keeps many of us from doing what we want to do and what we are called to do. I’m not going to bore you with statistics, because I have found they don’t really provide me much inspiration. A friend of mine described statistics as an average. At best they are a baseline to provide perspective. At worst, they are just numbers designed to scare people.
Instead, think about how many people you know who have graduated college with a degree that they don’t use in their job. What about you? Are you doing what you went to school for? Why did you go to school? Did you go to school simply to learn things that would provide stability? I was a creative writing major, so you know I’m not banking on my degree to provide any kind of stability, and I don’t really use it from 8-5 on Monday through Friday.
Over time, I’ve found this this to be true regarding why I haven’t pursued the things in life worth pursuing: Safety provides comfortability. Living requires transparency. That is scary.
This is true both professionally and with relationships. If you want to be married someday, you have to date. If you are a guy, that means stepping up to the plate and asking a girl out. This also means taking a chance on someone who may not be 100% put together. I’m not saying to sacrifice the things that are important, but create a good list of “must-haves”. Both of these things require some amount of inventory and a lot of transparency. If we have a shallow list, then we have to ask ourselves why. If we are pursuing the wrong people and wrong things, we have to ask ourselves why.
It is scary to take an honest look at ourselves. With gifting, we may want to be gifted in one area, but God has created us with a completely different gifting. Through our own past circumstances, we may also feel like we aren’t gifted at all. This is an outright lie, especially if you have made a decision to follow Jesus. Lets look at a couple of reasons why:
“4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” – 1 Corinthians 1:4-7
If we choose to follow God, we make ourselves available to be used for His purposes. God does not waste anything. When you choose to follow Christ, you open yourself up to being, “enriched in every way–with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge.” This is not for our own gain, though, but it is for the specific purpose God has created us for as Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
God has prepared work for us in advance to do. The work is there. He made us for a purpose, and if we choose to follow Him then we may fulfill that purpose.
So then what do we do with fear? Again, we can look at Paul’s letters and read, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” If we work within our gifting, God will make good use of it. The God who made the heavens and the earth created us this way.
With God on our side, lets destroy fear and dive deep into what His purpose for you me is.