How does one know for certain what they are supposed to be doing? How can a Christian believer know with confidence that what they are doing for the Lord in their short stay on earth is fruitful and valid and will earn a “Well done, good and faithful servant” from the Lord? For the Christian who has had a legitimate salvation experience and feels assured of heaven, to know the specific area they are to labor in is of great importance. So how do we know what we should focus on and what to drop?
Up front we need to know that a Holy Spirit empowered ministry is far more effective than if we simply ask God to “bless what I am already doing”. With the Holy Spirit’s assistance, we know we are in God’s will because when we walk away from doing it afterward we think, “without God showing up that would not have happened.” These gifts usually come out of an innate God given ability that surfaces and shines as we do them for the first time. But other ones are harder to spot at first.
Finding our gift(s) involve five steps, so think “5-D”
- Development… and finally,
We need to know that while we cannot do EVERY thing, we can do SOME thing. Also that because something has not been done before doesn’t mean it will not or cannot be done. It just means it has never been attempted. Also it’s important to agree with the Word of God as our plumbline and the Holy Spirit as our personal guide.
For example, I remember the first time I heard a teaching that explained that we can use all the spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12! Since then I have! While we have certain innate things that spring out of us we are only limited by our faith.
In the next article, we’ll look at these five different areas..