Inventory of Your Gifts & Talents

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. 16 But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground.” Exodus 14:15 NRSV

 

Haven’t you realized by now that you are unique, talented, gifted, exclusive, remarkable, etc.? This list could go on and on for days! The blessedness of this is that it wasn’t a mistake. God was very intentional in your being! God, in God’s wisdom, created and crafted each of us with our own special set of characteristics and resourcefulness that not only make us unique, but match the unique calling for which God has called us and is calling us to! In other words, God created and equipped you on purpose, with purpose, and for purpose! And because God’s arsenal is beyond imagination, everything we need to make our special imprint on this world, God has given us!

The question is, “Are we using them?” In this passage, Moses is operating in his calling as one who would lead the people of Israel from the controlling hands of Pharaoh. It was certainly a great task and it was made even more complicated by the fact that the people of Israel were running from Pharaoh but straight to the Red Sea! (And many of them didn’t take swimming lessons at the YMCA!) They couldn’t go under it, they couldn’t go around it, they couldn’t go over it, but the only way out was to go through it! There was panic! the people were frustrated with Moses and in the midst of speaking a word of assurance to the people of Israel, God reminds Moses what’s with him: THE ROD! This special rod that God equipped Moses with because God knew this moment was coming! All Moses had to do was use what He had!

Interesting that sometimes we have to go “through” just to realize what we have. What would happen if we all just took inventory of what God has given us to use to make an impact the world and USE IT! Have you realized that a lot of the anxieties of the world, God has already provided an answer…YOU!

FOCUS CHALLENGE:

Take an inventory of the gifts and graces that God has given you and
begin to discover how they may be used to impact the world!

Wishing you a focused Friday!

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