“Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you.” ~Exodus 3:10-12
More and more we are hearing that we need to focus on our strengths. I love learning as much as I can about my gifts and strengths through personality tests, 360 degree evaluations, and any other tool that helps us discover what we’re good at. However, I’m learning a very valuable lesson in my life right now: No matter how accurate the assessments I take are, I still have no clue about what I am capable of . . . but God does!
For example: Here is a short list of things I’ve discovered I’m good at in the last 10 years that I never knew I was good at:
- I never knew I had a gift to speak in public
- I never knew I could write
- I never knew I was great with people and how much of a gift that is
- I never knew I could lead and manage
- I never knew I could inspire and motivate people
- I never knew I could raise money!
How did God reveal these gifts to me?
- By Putting Me in Situations Where I was Forced to Use the Gift
- By Putting People Around us Who See Something in Me, That I didn’t See in Myself
- By Opening Doors of Opportunity to use the Gift more often
Have you been there? Here is what I know: There are gifts inside of you right now that you have no clue about, but that God wants to reveal to you and use for His glory!
When you start to discover you’re good at something we never knew you were good at, you will feel inadequate. However, I can promise you that if God gives you an opportunity to use a gift He put in you that you don’t know about, He’ll equip and open doors for you to use that gift.
When Moses doubted he could do what God said He could do, God told him to rest in the fact that He would be with him. We need to do the same. When you feel inadequate, rest in the fact that God is with you and He will equip you to do what He’s calling you to do.
Bottom Line: Learn as much as you can about who you are and what’s inside of you, but recognize that God has put things inside of you that no personality test can reveal to you. Be open and ready for Him to reveal gifts in you that you never knew you had and use you in ways He has never used you before. When that happens and you feel inadequate, rest in the fact that He is with you.
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