I find the biggest battle for most of us is understanding our identity. One of the most asked questions in the world is, “WHY AM I HERE?” It’s a tendency for us to confuse our talents with our purpose, because that is the place we can really hide. As we hide in our gifts and talents, we might be held hostage to what we do and what other people expect from us and may never find our true identity in Jesus Christ. After chasing after my purpose in Christ for 25 years, I now realize that what I thought was my purpose was just my gift. In fact, my purpose is the destination and my gifting and talents were the transportation to that destination. Proverbs 18:16 (below) is a powerful statement that reveals the answer.
Proverbs 18:15-16 (NKJV)
The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. A man’s gift makes room for him.
So, What… for This Week?
So when you don’t understand your identity in Christ, you may not accomplish the purpose that you have for your life. Remember, as long as we are held hostage to our gifts; what we do, what we have, and what other people think of us, we will continue to judge others and ourselves. It’s only when we embrace the truth of our identity as God’s beloved that we can let go of our need to judge and realize that we are on a destination to God’s purpose! Living out your purpose is more a posture of the heart and a willingness to be used by God everyday, all day, wherever you are, with whatever you have, that’s what the journey should look like. What is your journey toward God’s purpose looking like?