There’s something exciting about stepping back and looking at who you are as a whole, rather than identifying with only one aspect of your life.
By this point, you’ve probably done some self-exploration. You’ve found some of your strengths and weaknesses. You’ve identified your experiences and the wounds you’ve faced in life. These are great indicators for areas where you might be able to help others through your compassion and empathy.
Galatians 6:4-5 (The Message) tells us to make a careful exploration of who we are and the work we have been given. We know there’s specific work for us to walk in because Ephesians 2:10 tells us so. But how do know what that work is? That’s the challenging part.
Nonetheless, we’re challenged by scripture to “be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is,” (Ephesians 5:17).
It’s echoed in Paul’s prayer to the Colossians, “asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects—bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God,” (Col. 1: 9-10).
So how do we find out God’s will? How do we find out the work we’ve been given to do? Two very important ways are by praying and by searching the scriptures. This is how we find out what the heart of God is. And it’s how we can align our own straying hearts. Simple, eh?
You’re waiting for more, huh?
Here’s the thing. We’ve all been given our own work to walk in. I have no way of knowing what that is for you. It’s a discovery you will make with God.
Want to know how that’s looked for me?
Over the years, here are some areas that have hinted at my work? As I mature in the Lord, I find this picture gets clearer and more focused. Perhaps, these ideas will help you get started.
Spiritual gifts: The most important gift a believer is given is the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Then there are specific spiritual gifts given to you for the benefit of others. To learn more about spiritual gifts read 1 Corinthians 12. ( great resource.)
Heart (Passions): Is there a particular situation that moves you? Is there a certain issue going on today that breaks your heart, excites you, motivates you, or stirs up your emotions? Are you filled with compassion for the poor? Do you see single mothers and your heart longs to encourage them? Are you moved by teenagers and desire to guide and counsel them on their journey? Does poverty, sex-trafficking, and social justice make you lose sleep? Do you have a heart for widows and orphans? Are you energized by encouraging and challenging others to live their best life? What moves you?
Ability: What skills do you have? For help identifying some skills, go back to your notes from yesterday.
Personality: We all have different personalities. It’s easy to look at others and think, “Um… I’d rather be more outgoing, more funny, more caring, more authentic, more hospitable, more (you fill in the blank)”. The truth is that God created you the way you are for a reason. Your quirks, your likes/dislikes, your ways of expressing yourself, all of it was purposeful.
You might love your personality. Or you might feel like you were gipped on personality. Can I challenge you to accept your personality for what it is… God’s gift to you. God wants to use this part of you for the specific role/work He prepared for you.
Experiences: What experiences have you gone through that would benefit others? What have you learned along the way that could serve as an encouragement to others? What have you experienced that could help someone on their own journey?
Now Go Explore!
“The steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23).”
Exploring the work we’ve been given is not an easy task. For me, it was extremely difficult. I wasn’t ready to let go of my plans. I wasn’t willing to trust God that His plans for my life were better.
Friend, don’t be afraid of exploring the work you’ve been given to do. Don’t be afraid of letting go of the items on your list that do not line up with God’s purpose for your life. I wasted many years doing that. You don’t have to.
I’m cheering you on. You can do this! Go ahead and explore the work you’ve been given. Because once we’ve figured out the work we’ve been given, the fun begin. It’s time to “sink ourselves into it!”
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