Bible Verse: Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4:14–15

You’ve been told: You need to prove yourself every day. You need to prove yourself to the world by fitting into its culture and competing.

Conforming conceals our defects and deficiencies and allows us to make something of our lives. Here’s how: we identify others who’ve achieved the things we want—wealth, status, power—then we do whatever they do.

Just being you will never be enough. Become someone else. Someone better.

These are lies, and they’re holding you back. Think different.

We humans are crazy complex, more mysterious and marvellous than any man-made invention.

Consider your brain. It’s made up of nearly one hundred billion (100,000,000,000) neurons. These cells process information, connecting to one another by synapses, of which you have more than one hundred trillion (100,000,000,000,000). Electrical and chemical signals speed through this network, coordinating your senses, thoughts, emotions, movements. It’s why you can read this—how you can process these very words.

God’s designs matter. So when we ask – Who are the men we should become? – how can we not take His incredible, intricate intentionality into account? How can our questions not morph, actually, into this one: Who does our Maker dream we become?

Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves (Ps. 100:3 NKJV). Just as an aeronautical engineer would be foolish to try to understand a modern aircraft without consulting the inventor’s design schematics, so, too, are we foolish (and reckless) when we decide whom we should become without trying to grasp the intent of the One who crafted our every cell.

When we ask – Who are the men we’re meant to become? – we must look to our unique spiritual gifts. That’s where we’ll find our Maker’s intent.

For Jesus didn’t come so we could lead aimless, boring, anxious, sorrowful lives.

Remember: life to the full. The work we do in our spiritual gifts is a vital and significant component of the lives He’s promised.

So to answer our fundamental design question – What are our spiritual gifts? – we simply must look back on our lives and search for moments of truth by asking these three questions:

  • When have I worked to love and serve and impact people like Jesus did?
  • When have I sensed the presence and power of the Holy Spirit?
  • When have I felt significance, excitement, peace, and/or joy in my work?

Whatever we were doing in those moments, when all of those line up, those are spiritual gifts.

They reveal a ton about the men we are meant to become. When we bring God our questions of identity, spiritual gifts are the first thing about which we must ask: What are mine?

— Justin Camp, author of Invention


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