Do you ever find that you have a certain go-to subject to share on because of your personal experience with it? This would be mine. I am passionate about this message:
You are not your gift.
Perhaps you know this already. If so, I’m glad! But I know that someone out there needs to hear this.
The source of my passion on this subject comes from my past struggles with performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me that you’ve ever felt the need to perform- to prove your ability in some area of your life. So many things in this world are based on how well you can perform, and that capability is almost always measured. Think about the world of business. What about school or the music industry or even in your home? At some level, you’ve been placed under a set of expectations and have felt the pressure.
The thing about the spirit of performance is that it always tries to get its sticky hands on our identities.
If we entertain this bad ‘friend’, we are pulled into thinking that it’s all about us and how well or horrible we’ve done – which makes it seem as though the whole thing was riding on our shoulders in the first place. The beautiful thing is that it’s not. Just go on and brush those shoulders off!
I’ve been on a journey for a few years, realizing that I identified with my gift a little too much. The problem was that my heart was so wrapped up in what I was gifted at that when I made a mistake I’d crumple under the weight. I treated my own heart with dishonour and I’d assume that people wouldn’t see me as talented or important or even good. The wonderful relief is that I am good. Not because of what I do or how I do it, but because the Lord looks at me and declares my value. He made Adam and Eve in his image, and when he finished creating all the incredible things of the earth, he looked at it and saw it was very good. (see Genesis 1:26-31)
Our identity must be first rooted in our Father’s voice. We need to listen for his delight over us before we begin receiving it from others. One of my favourite worship songs says “Your thoughts define me”. We’re not defined by the things we do (good or bad). He has broken through my striving and invited me to come and rest. His Son’s blood was the price that declared my worth from the beginning. You, my friend, are not your gift.
We need to listen for his delight over us before we begin receiving it from others.
You are a child. A son, a daughter. Allow yourself to make mistakes and don’t beat yourself up about it! Be gracious to your heart. You will still be loved.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15 NIV
I love seeing people shine in their gifting. It is so amazing to look at the wonderful way God built each person so uniquely. I also love that there is so much more to a person than what they are good at. Partner with heaven and ask God what he says about someone. Ask him what he says about you!