At times we wander around with our gifts. We make the mistake of believing that our gifts are our purpose. A gift, in my definition, is something we are given by the God to use to fulfill our purpose. While purpose is defined as the reason some one/thing exists or was created (Merriam-Webster).
Joseph had the gift of interpretation. However, interpreting dreams was never his purpose. His purpose was to save his family from dying during 7 years of severe famine. That was his purpose and he used his gift to help him accomplish that purpose. (Read about Joseph in Genesis 37-49).
Jesus had all the gifts: healing, prophecy, working of miracles, and word of knowledge to name a few. But healing the sick and turning water into wine was never his purpose. His purpose was to die for our sins so that we could have life. (Read about Jesus in one of or all four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).
Not knowing what gifts you possess does not mean you don’t have a purpose.
We have 2 core purposes:
1. To serve God (Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.)
2. To spread the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.)
What is confusing most persons is how we’ll fulfill these purposes. Some persons confuse the gift for their purpose and because of this, they feel purposeless.
I believe that it is not possible for us to truly fulfill our purpose if we do not use our gifts. While we are all mandated, by Jesus, to spread the Gospel, we won’t all do it in the same manner. Some persons are gifted to teach, preach, be evangelists, heal, give, and serve (1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12).
One of my gifts is to teach. I could not fulfill my purpose if I tried to heal persons. I would be doing an injustice to myself and to others. What we need to do, is identify our gifts so that we can work on fulfilling the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20.
How do you identify your gifts?
1. You can do so by getting involved in your local church and never say no to an opportunity to serve as this will help you to realise what you are able to do naturally without exerting much effort.
2. Seeking a mentor to guide you spiritually and help you nurture your gift or gifts.
3. Pray and ask God to reveal your gifts to you.
4. Study the word and the gifts as you won’t be able to effectively use your gifts if you do not know how they are used.
5. Live holy, drop the sin that so easily affects you, and build a relationship with God. Why should God reveal your gifts if you’re not living a life to please him?
Your gift is not your purpose. Don’t confuse the two to be the same. We are gifted to help us accomplish our purpose. We all have the same purpose.