Use me, God.
Show me how to take who I am,
who I want to be
and what I can do,
and use it for a purpose greater than myself.
What is your gift, your talent, your calling? Do you know? Your gift could be something as simple as being able to carry on a conversation with a stranger, having a warm and inviting smile or being a good listener to someone who had a hard day. What is your talent? Is it singing, dancing, crafting? Your calling may be a heart for adoption, ministry, or teaching. Whatever it may be, it does not have to be anything spectacular, but God does have a purpose for you and the gift, talent or calling that you received.
Sometimes we may find ourselves being afraid of these gifts, afraid of the callings we feel. We find ourselves thinking “God, can you really use me for this? Am I really going to be able to do this?” I’m going to use David as a prime example for this. David was from the small town of Bethlehem, the youngest of eight sons and a sheep herder. Do you think that David or anyone else besides God thought that he would be fit for a king? Do you think they would have believed that he would be the one to defeat a giant? No, but with God by his side, he did. Can you imagine what you would be capable of doing just by placing all of your trust in the God who has no limitations? So take your ordinary everyday life and place it before God as an offering.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
God has incredible things planned for you in your future. You have to do your part and bloom wherever He plants you, and when He plants you, bloom with grace. Listen and seek Him while developing your gifts and talents. Whatever you do, whatever your occupation is, do your best to be the best for Him. You will be so much more fulfilled when you begin to truly live for Him and not yourself. I mean, God owns the skies and He still wants our hearts. He is after our hearts day after day, how amazing is that? How undeserving are we?
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-2
God has instilled a calling, a gift and a talent in each and every one of us. We may not know what it is, and when we find out, we may not understand why, but He has a purpose and a plan to use us for His good. Therefore, be unashamed of the gospel and allow Him to shine through you. “Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1