You have no idea of the impact you can have in this world.
Every person has a God-given gift, calling, and a role to play in growing the Kingdom of Heaven. You (yes, you!) have been given a unique skill and talent from God! You possess passions deep down in your soul that were planted by the Creator for one purpose: That you would be equipped with all you need to join in His story! You have no idea the impact you may have on someone’s life.
After reading that last paragraph, you may have instantly stiffened up or felt a little resistance. If you are like many Christians, you have some “push backs” to statements like these. Here are two of the most common push backs I hear:
I’ve heard that we all have a gift from God, but it doesn’t really seem to be true in my life. I don’t know of any special “God gifts” that I possess or a higher calling on my life.
Yes, I believe Christians have spiritual gifts. Actually, I know some of my gifts. But please stop telling me to change the world. That is only true for a few highly-gifted people. And, honestly, I don’t think that is me. I just live my life: go to work, pay my bills, spend time with my family and go to church.
One Important Question
But all of these push backs come down to one pressing, deep, heart-level, question…
How can I make an impact for God’s Kingdom?
Isn’t that THE question? If you are interested at all in living for God, than you have wrestled with this question at some point in your life… How can I possibly make a difference? It’s a larger-than-life question. How can we have an impact? How can this be true in my life? Life seems so mundane at times, and joining God in His story seems so epic. My life is anything but epic. Wow, I have felt that way so many times! We are in the same boat. But that’s the wrong boat to be in!
Let’s look at two key truths…
Two Key Truths
First: You HAVE been gifted by God!
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
–1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV
God is at work in your life! The same God that created the universe, the same God that parted the Red Sea, the same God that allowed Peter to walk on water, the same God that conquered hell… This is the God that is at work in your life! And He has empowered you with His gifts to complete His service! It’s time to own it!
Second: Your gift, talent, and skills are UNIQUE to you!
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many… If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”
–1 Corinthians 12:12-14;17-20 NIV
Each one of us has a different role to play! Are you an introvert? Great! You have a role to play. Are you a natural servant? Great! You have a role to play. Can you work on cars? Great! You have a role to play. Do you understand business? Great! You have a role to play. Are you an artist? Great! Yep, you have a role to play, too. The Kingdom of God is made up of all sorts of people. God’s servants are not just pastors that can stand in front of an audience and preach a sermon. The Kingdom of God is made up of more than just extroverts! Each one of us has a role to play.
Find WHERE and HOW God has called YOU to serve.
Find the unique place in life where God has called you to serve. Find where your passion and purpose and talent intersect. Then you will be in the sweet spot of God’s will for your life. Then you live out your special calling.
But, I am not a “world-changer”, remember?
Let me introduce you to a man from the Old Testament named Bezalel…
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills…”
-Exodus 31:1-3 NIV
Bezalel experienced this first hand. He was filled with the Spirit of God way back in Exodus. God’s wisdom; God’s knowledge and all kinds of special “God skills!”
But why? What was so special about Bezalel? Why would he be gifted with the Spirit of God and special knowledge and skills?
“…to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent.”
–Exodus 31:4-7 NIV
Bezalel was a construction worker! And get this… This is the FIRST time we have record in the Bible of God saying that He was going to empower someone with His Spirit!!
Not a pastor.
Not a priest.
Not a prophet.
A construction worker. He was uniquely gifted to play HIS role in the story!
Bezalel was creating the Tabernacle, a place of worship. As important as this was, we are called to build something greater. Each of us has a role to play in building the Kingdom of Heaven!
Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you don’t change the world. Very few us actually will. It doesn’t matter if you feel someone has more talents than you or something you think is more important or prestigious.
God has called you to live out His Gospel and spread His Word… Where you are! And guess what? Not only do you have the gifts to succeed, but you have been given the best. There is no “better” gift or “better” calling. You have this call and these gifts because God gave them to you.
When it comes to using YOUR gifts to fulfill YOUR calling, God has given you His best!
Let’s stop living our lives like they don’t matter to God or to this world. Let’s stop downplaying our gifts and the role God has called us to play. Let’s stop viewing ourselves as second-rate.
Instead, let’s lean into the gifts than an All-mighty, life-giving, miracle-creating God gave us. The same Power that parted the Red Sea lives within you. The same Power that allowed Peter to walk on water is deep inside of you. And the same God that conquered death gave you everything you need to play a part in His story!
That doesn’t sound like a second-rate life.
That sounds like VICTORY!