I’ve been re-reading a book by Jeanie Allen entitled “Restless: Because you were made for more.” (A great read!) And in this book, she ask these questions, and others.
The truth is we all like and have a tendency to compare ourselves to others. If we aren’t careful, we begin to believe the lies that others are better and more spiritual than us because of what they “do.” We believe the lies that what God has called us to is not as big or important as what others are called to.
And we begin to sink into ourselves….
But, this is not God’s plan for us. He has created each of us in His own image. In the image of God you were created.
But, just as each of my children have a different personality. Just as each of my children learn in different ways and have different strengths and weaknesses.
Likewise, God has gifted each of His children differently.
Some He has created with the gift of hospitality, or teaching. Others with the gift of discernment or faith. Still others are gifted musically or artistically. And the list goes on and on.
He also gives each of us a heart for certain things. Some have a heart for the orphan, others a heart for the elderly, the disabled, the handicapped, for children, teens or adults.
This is not to say that as believers we can only do that which we are good at doing, or minister only to those we have a heart for.
But, God has gifted you and He has gifted me in specific ways.
Not, so we can sit on our gifts, but so we can use our gifts, our calling to build His kingdom.
So, let me ask you? Ask yourself? What things are you good at? What has God-given you a heart for?
Then let me encourage you to pray and ask Him to show you how He wants to use this gift He has given you for His glory and to grow His kingdom.
I promise if you seek Him on this, He will guide you and show you.
And I am convinced that if everyone in the church today was truly using their gift to build His kingdom, there would be less needs and wants in the church. And the same few who always do everything, would not need to do this anymore.
Don’t compare yourself to others, be who God has called you to be.
Don’t look down on yourself and think others are better, Be who God has called you to be!
It is easy to compare, easy to think we dont’ measure up.
This is a lie, a lie the enemy wants us to believe.
Yet, the truth is.. you are uniquely gifted.
So let us each use our gift, and let us use them not for selfish gain or to call attention to us. Let us use these gifts to grow and expand God’s kingdom here on earth!