“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
I Corinthians 12:7 KJV
As I have been fasting, God has been focusing me on learning about the gifts that He has given to me. He has tasked me with being accountable to Him about how I steward my gifts. Honestly, prior to starting my spiritual journey, I had never thought of what God wanted me to do. I developed a love of therapy at a young age and decided that I would become a therapist. Throughout the last few weeks, I have been praying about goals that I have set for myself and focusing on the steps to achieve the goals.
But I have found that I keep coming back to stewarding spiritual gifts. If we desire to be aligned with God and His purposes for us, we must first determine what He wants. To do this, we must spend time talking to Him and listening for His responses. His responses may not always be immediate, nor may they come as a direct answer; sometimes, they the responses can be from a friend, and when this happens to me, I find that confirmations of the responses are not far behind.
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In getting to know God as you would any friend, you must take the time to understand how He will speak to you. For me, this has become one of the most awesome things about God. He demonstrates to us how much He knows us by communicating with us in the ways that we each need. I also believe that He does this often so that you begin to recognize His responses.
The above scripture highlights that the Holy Spirit gives us all a unique gift that we are to use to serve others. Learning what the gifts are and developing the gifts are just the beginning of being good stewards (caretakers) of the gifts granted to us. It is our job to develop, strengthen, and build on the gifts that God has given us so that we can carry out the purposes that He has assigned to each of us. When we are in alignment with the gifts that God has granted us and when we are serving others, that is when life really turns around for us. We now become part of the solution. And best of all, God rewards those who are willing to trust in Him and His plans.
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Are you having difficulty identifying your gift from God. My suggestion is try talking to Him and asking. One of the lessons that I have learnt recently is that my career is not my gift. I viewed being a therapist as the gift but the gift is actually my ability to empathize with others, to hear their stories and put their needs first; my gift is that I care deeply and I find solutions to help others. Therapy is the platform that I have been using recently. Writing has been a platform I have been using since I was a child. My outspokenness was the platform that I used to speak up about others. This means that my platform can change but my gifts are ever-present and mine to develop to serve Him.
I think that we have predetermined ideas of what our gifts should look like but I think this is the human view and not the Godly view. If we remember that God views things differently from the way humans do, we can open our minds and our hearts to thinking outside of the box. We often downplay the fact that we are all spiritual beings, but this is an essential component in our journeys to develop a relationship with God. Again, I encourage you to spend some time talking to God and listen with your heart and soul, not your head, for His responses.