As you walk through life’s journey you may began to wonder why you were given particular talents or gifts. You may wonder, “What’s my purpose in this life, what’s my calling?” But before we get to that, we must first understand who we are in Christ. “God created man in his image – male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). We were each made in the likeness of God. God created us to have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus said to His followers, “I no longer call you servants. Instead, I have called you friends” (John 15:15). He created us for His good pleasure and for a divine purpose. “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Having accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we know that He orders our steps. We know who we are and to whom we belong to as followers of Jesus Christ. So what of these gifts and talents that we particularly have as Christians?
The apostle Paul phrased it this way: “We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy; let him do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:5-8). God gave us gifts and talents not for ours alone but for the purpose of serving Him and serving others.
As we step out in faith and walk in the way of service, we do not have to walk this path alone. The knowledge that our steps are ordered by the Lord means that we can call on Him for guidance and direction. As we seek Him, He will answer and we will not have to rely on ourselves. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Even as we strive to follow the Lord and His plan for us, Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). This is good news! “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
I know this to be true! I have been through hardships that have caused me great suffering, but as I leaned in closer and trusted the Lord and sought his guidance, the Lord created a way out to a place of victory, gratefulness, and peace. In taking my gifts and experiences, my path was made clear not just for me, but for His purpose.
Today I am living a life of purpose and working in my calling as a counselor. It is very fulfilling to live in your purpose and to know that all that we go through will be turned around for our good and His glory. Be of good cheer my fellow Christians and know that as you seek out the purpose of God for your life, He will answer.
LUNCH & LEARN || 03.31.17
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Created Woman is hosting a Lunch & Learn on March 31st, 2017 at the Mission Capital offices in the Learning Lab for women who love all things fashion and faith. During our time together, I'll be sharing the vision, where we are going and then we will break into different groups as team members share on different programs and outreach opportunities with a time for Q & A.