Are you fully utilizing your gifts? You have been uniquely equipped and created to accomplish specific tasks. Are you pursuing those tasks? I know one of the hardest questions people deal with is “what am I supposed to do with my life?” We spend countless hours, read book after book and even attend seminars to help us determine what we are to do with our life. After all, if we are created to accomplish specific tasks, how do we determine what those tasks actually are? It can seem very frustrating.
Regular readers know I’m not going to leave you hanging. You might even expect some new insight to help you determine what to do. But I have even better news… you already have within you the knowledge of what you are meant to do with your life! What are you passionate about? What is the one thing (or perhaps even multiple things) that you absolutely love to do? What is it that you could do all day and time would just fly by? These are your gifts. God has entrusted them to you that you might use them to further His mission. Every gift has a Kingdom purpose, a purpose that can be used by God to draw others to Him.
So if you’re with me so far, perhaps you have some idea of what your gifts are but you are probably still wondering how that relates to the work or tasks you were created to accomplish. I certainly don’t pretend to have any special insight into your life or circumstances, but I do know an undeniable truth: if you passionately practice the gifts God has given you, the tasks will become evident all on their own. By being available to be used and faithful to use your God-given gifts, the things you are meant to accomplish will simply become obvious. I know it sounds pretty simple compared to most of those books and seminars, but if you haven’t noticed, imperfect people (that would be folks like you and me) tend to overcomplicate the very simple message of Jesus.
There is no magic formula, no untapped fount of wisdom from which to draw out your life goals. God has already put everything you need inside of you. It is up to us to be faithful and use that with which He has blessed us. So take an accounting of your gifts. You more than likely are already aware of the things you are passionate about. Do those things, and do them often. Just as a musician must practice countless hours to hone his craft, we must practice to master the use of our gifts. We have been given the raw talent, and it is now up to us to use, refine and master that talent. Fortunately, God is a patient teacher and will always be by our side encouraging and instructing. As we become skilled at using our talents as we exercise our passions, God will undoubtedly use those very actions to glorify Himself. Don’t squelch your passions and in doing so waste your life. Practice your passion, use your gifts and live an extraordinary life of devotion to Jesus.