Moving Beyond Yourself

starting block - Moving Beyond YourselfWhen we decide to follow God’s plan we need to know that it’s going to lead us to new places. We will no longer live or look like the world. The majority of people live in isolation. They are either alone or only concerned with their immediate family. God calls us to move beyond ourselves.

In order to move beyond ourselves, we have to realize that while our gifting and calling from God is ours, it is not for our benefit alone. He gives us talents and abilities, and opportunities to use them in order to bless others.

Read what the Bible has to say about moving beyond ourselves: “Just as each one of you has received a special gift [a spiritual talent, an ability graciously given by God], employ it in serving one another as [is appropriate for] good stewards of God’s multi-faceted grace [faithfully using the diverse, varied gifts and abilities granted to Christians by God’s unmerited favor],” (1 Peter 4:10 Amplified).

This should be one of the most encouraging verses for those of us who don’t believe we have anything to offer. God has given each one of us a special gift. We’ve been empowered by the grace of God to change the world in a way only we can.

Don’t think that God has given us a gift just to hide it from us. He wants us to discover our talent and purpose.

Don’t listen to the voices of the past. Many of us have been discouraged by parents, teachers and those close to us. They told us that we aren’t talented or smart. A high GPA or income are not requirements to be used powerfully by God. God does not conform to the standards of the world, and neither should we.

If we don’t know what our gift is, we simply need to ask God.

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking,” (James 1:5 NLT).

God is not going to be angry at us for wanting to know our gifting. He gave it to us. He doesn’t want us to spend our life frustrated and discontented because we never discovered our purpose.

It’s a beautiful thing to discover what God has called us to do. It opens up our world in a way that nothing else can. Once we know what it is we can start to work on it, develop it and allow it to stretch us as God takes us to new heights.

Our divine gift will put us in contact with new and different people; people that we never would have dreamed would be in our sphere of influence.

“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men,” (Proverbs 22:29).

God will exalt us as we seek to glorify Him and bless others with the gift He’s given us.

I encourage all of you to stop listening to the lies of the world and the devil that say you have nothing to offer. You are called an anointed by God to powerfully impact the world for His kingdom. Pray and ask God to show you what your gifting is, then get to work and watch your life move to new heights.

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