1 Corinthians 12:7 Each believer has received a gift that manifests the Spirit’s power and presence. That gift is given for the good of the whole community. (VOICE)
God has gifted each of us with the gift of His choosing, for His intended purpose. In my quest to find my "calling," or path, or destiny, I wonder how often I have disrupted His plan by ignoring or doubting it, or by giving it little consideration at all.
It may be that I spend so much time "searching" that I fail to act or follow through with what I believe God wants me to do. What is it that holds me back? Is it insecurity, fear - lack of trust?
I devote time to God's Word and prayer. I strive to live a life of holiness. I draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to find strength in times of trial. Still, I have a sense that I am leaving something undone.
Could it be that I am "hoarding" the gifts God has given me? Am I using the gift of His power and my faith only for my personal spiritual growth or gain? Have I limited His effectiveness in my life by trusting Him in my world, but not trusting Him to send me into His?
Phil 2:1-4 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. (NLT)
As I allow God to purify my heart and empower me by His Spirit, I pray for the courage to follow wherever it is He may choose to lead me. In Jesus' name.
Melinda started her fifth year of her devotions reading Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest. In 2015 she has made the commitment to share what this year's journey. Taking a detour, she began living Every Day With Jesus