Passions. Gifts. Talents. Dreams. We all have them, and we all live through the tension of how to use these pursuits for the glory of God and the good of others. The Stewardship Series is a series of installments from the Impressions Team designed to discuss those innate gifts God has given each one of us, and how to steward them for the glory of His Kingdom.
Pray. Process. Perspective.
When it came to understanding the beat of my heart and the flow of God’s voice steadying it, I always had trouble listening for his guidance in regards to the gifts he instilled in me. I would think so deeply about various things, trying to figure out what my gifts were and what they were to be used for, that I would mistake my ideas for revelations from God. I was mistakenly identifying the good thoughts I came up with about my gifts and their purposes, as "God thoughts," not realizing that you can only get so far on human ideals. What I've learned is, if we try to lead ourselves through our gifts, it will be impossible for us to reach the full glory that God intends for us to reach through his divine purpose.
The best advice I was ever given was “pray, process perspective." It is imperative that we slow down and create margin to communicate with the Father through prayer, to allow ourselves to progress in our giftings by embracing the process, and to identify the true call on our lives by seeing things from his perspective. God is the only one that can open our eyes to see our true spiritual make up and design.
When we go deeper into who we are and how God fine tuned us individually, we can see exactly why he gifted us the way he did and how exactly he wants us to use such gifts.
If we expand the surface areas of our hearts for God to touch, he will cause the abilities and giftings that have been waiting to be found to become known and grow in our hearts. By handing over our hearts for his design, he will allow the call he's placed on our lives to begin taking its course the way he intended, in ways that are far greater than anything we could accomplish on our own.
For example, when it came to the gifting of worship for me, I can say that it most definitely wasn't my singing ability, but that didn't stop him from placing this gift on my heart. And in this gift and through my willingness, he has shown me just how many ways we can worship him. I've become very involved with my church and I have recently been running sound for worship on Sunday mornings. I've been writing blogs, poetry and songs, and without even realizing it, I was stewarding this gift the way he had intended it. Maybe I wasn't called to be a worship leader in the typical sense, but by trusting him through the process, and seeing things through his perspective, he's shown me that my gift of worship was meant to be used in a way I didn't fathom. He's shown me that everything we do on a daily basis should have the idea of worship behind it.
When God places a gift within us, often times there is a deeper purpose for it than originally meets the eye. You won't know how you are supposed to steward that, unless you let go of your thoughts and allow God show to you through his perspective.
In 2 Kings 4:2-6 it describes how a woman's husband has passed away before he had paid his debtors off, and now the debt was on her. As a result she went to the prophet Elisha for help, "So Elisha said to her, 'What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?' And she said, 'Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.' Then he said, 'Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.' So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”
The scripture ends with her paying off the debtors, but what is important to realize is that your gifting is very much like the oil she believed she had so little of. You are a home; deep within your spirit is that innately crafted gift from God that to the naked eye is as only seen as “a jar of oil." But when we empty ourselves of our human ambitions, ideals, and purposes, we leave room for God to work miracles. For only he can push us to take the first step into the unknown where we can witness our jars flow endlessly. If you give him a single step of faith, he will give you a mountain of glory, and within trusting him, you will be able to trust that the gift he placed in your heart has a greater purpose. God calls us to use our gifts to pour into as many vessels as we can, and to trust him to work infinitely through our "small" gifts - our small jars of oil.
Pray. Trust the process. And allow God to give you his perspective to see what your giftings are and how to steward them. Pray that God opens the gifts he so neatly placed inside of your heart and reveals the deeper purpose he has for them. The purpose he has for you can only be reached if you are willing to receive at the rate he wants to give.