I’m excited about my upcoming speaking engagement in Myrtle Beach. Like I’ve said time and time again, public speaking is not my preferred way to connect with people, but I’ve noticed that God keeps saying, “It ain’t about you! It’s about using the tools I’ve given to enrich and encourage others around you.”
Romans 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
When you’ve walked with God for a while and have gotten to know how He works, you begin to realize that He has a sense of humor and likes to choose the “underdog,” so to speak.
God is not looking for just the elite to be his mouthpiece. Millionaires or famous athletes and entertainers don’t have a monopoly on his attention. He won’t reject them because of their status, but neither will he reject “common people” who are not well-known or wealthy. He just wants you to show up and make yourself available.
It is often the feeling of inadequacy that makes people question their gift. We can be tempted to think it would be better or more impactful if a great actress, popular entertainer, or world-renowned author would speak for Him. But Jesus doesn’t think that way. When He chose His disciples, I imagine some were probably well known in their local circles and perhaps a few of them were well off financially. But He did not choose them for their wealth or influence and in His training of them He did not try to capitalize on any such things. None of them had anything so great that they were not willing to leave it to follow Christ and accept the calling that was placed on their lives. They surrendered to the call! Recently, one of my spiritual daughters was on a platform and she described herself as a preacher/teacher. I loved it because we are ALL called to be and do just that! Without a pastor’s ordination, God has called each of us to spread the good news! Two ways to allow the Holy Spirit to shine and take center stage are:
1. Show Up
Romans 9:17 Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
2. Use the tools He has provided (your uniqueness, your talents & treasures)
1 Peter 4:10 reminds us we’re called to use our gifts to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace. God doesn’t give us anything just for our own benefit. After all, we’re blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2) Just as with spiritual gifts, God wants us to use our talents and skills for the benefit of others.
We’re not called to cater to our insecurities and perceived shortcomings. Instead, God wants us to use our talents and gifts as devices to expand His kingdom.