Recently, I’ve been looking back at some older posts. They serve as a journal of sorts. When I was reading I couldn’t help but reflect on all God has done in my heart over the last year. Just last Friday, I wrote about taking ownership of gifts. I couldn’t have done that last year. I just wasn’t ready, but God was doing something in the inter-workings of my very soul that would change the trajectory of my ministry.
It came through recognition that everything is about Him and nothing is about me. He is gracious enough to use me- all of my tarnished, broken, and bruised pieces. He puts them back together and allows freedom to flow. I wrote the following post last April 16th. I’m excited about the truths God is revealing to me. If you struggle with insecurities and wonder what you can possibly do to honor God with your gifts, this post is for you.
Last week, I shared one of my favorite words of wisdom from the Bible. In John 3:30 John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” I’ve been thinking about those words frequently. In fact, I’ve been repeating them to myself on a daily basis.
I’m working on many different projects surrounding my ministry to women. I love learning all that God is teaching me, and I love sharing it with other women, as well. However, there are many days I do not wake up feeling confident in what I have learned. And I don’t always feel like I should be teaching anyone anything. I’m just going to be very honest and say it… I struggle with insecurity. I have a difficult time walking in my gifts for fear the gifts I have aren’t enough to honor God the way He deserves. Through this, God has taught me a very important lesson. I’m not being humble in my insecurity; I’m being prideful.
If my eyes are focused on what I can’t do, it becomes impossible for me to focus on what God CAN do (click to tweet).
Whether or not I think my gifts are valuable enough has nothing to do with anything. God determined my worth, and what I was intended to do for His purpose, when He sent His only Son to die for me on the cross. I was bought with a price. (1 Corinthians 6:20) He expects me to offer my gifts to Him. I am valuable in His sight, and so are you…
If you are like me and have been living with insecurities over your gifts and callings, if you are worried that what you have to give is insufficient, I want you to remember you were bought with a price. God has something wonderful for you and in order to fulfill whatever it is, you need to stop looking at what you can’t do, and start looking at what God CAN do.
You were created for wonderful things, and if He has called you, then you can rest in knowing He values your gifts and wants you to use them for His glory.
This is what He is teaching me. What is He teaching you?
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