Comparison defeats and distracts and can easily make us feel as if we’re not good enough. As if we have nothing special to offer, but as our guest Teri Gasser explains, in Christ, we were hand-created for eternal impact, unique yet intentional in design. When we recognize that, we begin to see ourselves differently. Because when we encounter, and live in, the great I Am, our “I am” is changed.
I am Gifted by Teri Gasser
Have you ever felt marginalized? I hate feeling that way, but that’s precisely how I felt when I had my daughter Jenni tested for early entrance into Kindergarten. They said, though she excelled academically, she was average socially.
Yes, but her birthday was just two weeks after the cut off, so didn’t that put her in the same average as the rest of the young five-year olds?
At four, Jenni could count to one hundred, do single digit addition and subtraction, and assemble 500-piece puzzles with ease. I chose to home school her a couple years then put her in the grade I saw fit.
A few weeks after starting sixth grade, her teacher and I had a conversation:
“I think we should place Jenni in TAG mathematics,” her teacher said.
“Talented and Gifted. It’d be good to have this on her record before she gets into junior high. I’d hate to see her unchallenged and bored.”
It’s about time they picked up on what I’d already discovered. I love vindication, don’t you? I knew she was talented and gifted, but it took her teachers awhile to catch on. Jenni loved math and found it easy, but never considered herself gifted, at least not until she got “tagged”.
Jesus’ followers can find ourselves in an analogous situation spiritually. Like me with my daughter, our Heavenly Father knows His children are gifted also. He created us, wove us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-14). Part of spiritual genetics, if you will, is inheriting His giftedness.
Consider what Paul said in 1 Corinthians: “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. . . Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1Corinthians 12:1, 4-8, ESV).
Notice our gifting isn’t about us. It’s not about our natural abilities or human effort. It’s about the Holy Spirit revealing Himself and working through us as we serve each other. God gifted us for mutual benefit and to bring Himself glory.
You may not feel gifted, but you are. Follow your faith not your feelings; you are gifted. You may not know your gifts, and that’s okay. God will reveal them to you as you step out to serve Him.
Sisters, if we belong to Christ, we’re no longer alone in a world that makes us compete for attention or marginalizes us. We belong to God. We belong together.Teri Gasser
Sisters, if we belong to Christ, we’re no longer alone in a world that makes us compete for attention or marginalizes us. We belong to God. We belong together. We are gifted. Christ never marginalizes us, and we never have to compete for His affections.
Through this post, I just exercised my gift of teaching. Now it’s your turn! TAG you’re it! Are you aware of a need you could meet? Can you tell us about a time when another believer blessed you and wasn’t aware of this? How will you let the Holy Spirit use you this week?
Each one of us was hand crafted by a loving, intentional God to fulfill a unique role. We will never truly feel fulfilled until we are doing that which we were created to do, living free from fear and embracing divinely orchestrated risks for Christ. Join us for one of our upcoming conferences to learn to live completely congruent with who you are, who you were created to be!
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