God’s Gifts Are Limitless

Today I was reading in Romans 12, and the verses started listing out the different kinds of gifts that people within the church could be anointed with, and it encouraged us to let them walk out their God-given gifts. It says (12:5-8): “…so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve, if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him giver generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

It got me thinking about just how diverse the call(s) of God can be. That list was written SO many years ago, so think about the different gifts that people can be anointed with now! What if I was anointed with the gift of digital media. What if I could write and produce videos that shared the love of God to the entire world! Would that qualify as a gift of God? He’s surely set up my life thus far to enable me with that gift.

It has taken a lot of digging (still more to do) to find my true calling – what God has put me on this earth for. I think about it a lot, especially when I listen or look at people around the world who are fulfilling their God-given destiny. Like they KNOW deep down in their hearts what God has placed them on this earth to do, and they’re doing it! I want to do that. Life is too short to sit back and wait for the most opportune moment to seize your destiny. I feel like I’m at the point now where I can see my calling, and now I just need to hunker down and start making it a reality. Find your gift and leave a comment in the comment section below and start elaborating on it.

How Far Off Am I?

Romans 12:1-3 “Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

This is probably one of my favorite verses in the bible, and not because I can quote it all day long, or because it is one of those strong promise verses, like Matthew 17:20: “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” There are promises in the Romans 12, like what you need to do in order find and pursue God’s will: “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is…”. But more than that, it is a declaration of what you should be living like, and it’s extremely powerful.

It calls for us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. The definition of sacrifice is: “The surrender or destruction of something prized or desired for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.” Our bodies are supposed to be given up to God for him to use. He is the higher claim and we are supposed to offer up our lives as living sacrifices; it is our spiritual act of worship.

So what does that look like? I think it means when God says “Go!” we go! We do not think about our careers or where we want to be in 10 years. We want to be closer to God in 10 years! It is scary to think about each and every one of us not having control over our lives and where WE want them to go. But I don’t think we need to be afraid, God has tailored his calling and his will to each and every one of our lives. He knows what it is within reach for us. Our greatest action can be to think of ourselves less and put God at the forefront of our decision making.

I need to really start trusting God with where he is leading me. I need to start diving into his word with Kassi to see where he wants us. I know that Australia is a great place for us to start, but we need to be praying and giving these two years up to God for him to do with them what he wants. These two years could depict what the rest of our lives are going to be like! I want to give them up to God, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

God,

Take these years from us, let us sacrifice everything to be closer to you and to be fully immersed in your will for our lives. Let the way we think about these years be focused on the pursuit of you. Remind me and help me guide Kassi to be in union with you and your will for our lives. Bless our marriage and our finances as we gear up for an adventure of a lifetime!

Lose The Guilt and Accept God’s Mercy

There used to be a time in my life when I felt so guilty of sin (pornography) that I would feel too distant from God to even repent. That’s not what God wants, but that’s what I felt sin had done to me at that time. As I was reading Romans 11 this morning, this verse really stood out to me:

11:32 “For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.”

God wants to have mercy on you. He wants to show you his grace. He has made you flawed for a reason.

This makes it easier to turn away from sin and accept God’s grace, because I know that he understands me, he made me this way. He knows our every thought even before we think it. He knows the number of hairs on our head. God knows you, and he has put your Spirit in a flawed body. He’s essentially set you up for failure, but you can accept that and turn to him for his mercy. This humbles me. This makes it easier to ask God for forgiveness.

Reading this verse made me think about the famine that brought Joseph’s family to Egypt. Egypt had enough food to supply all of the starving villages nearby with enough food to get by. Each of the surrounding villages had to humble themselves and accept the food from the pharaoh in order to survive. I imagine God as the pharaoh in this situation, building up His kingdom and the people surrounding it. But unlike the pharaoh, God has the power to shut off the rain and start a famine in the land (which he actually did in this case). He does this so that his people can humble themselves and come to him for food (mercy). He wants to be at the forefront of their thoughts. He uses the famine to help them recognize how small and fragile they are in comparison to him. We are nothing without him.

I guess it’s time to humble myself and go to God knowing that he made me this way and has set up this system so that I can freely receive grace whenever I go to him for forgiveness. This makes things a whole lot easier to embrace.

In those moments of sin, know that God is waiting for you to turn back; it’s the devil that is hardening your heart and building up the unwillingness to repent.