Tiffany Anderson

Finding Your Place - Part 2

You may lay it down and walk away but God doesn’t play give and take with what He has called us to do.
Most of the time when God shows you who you are in Him and directs as to where you are to go and what you are do you will begin to feel the peace of God and you will begin to feel more comfortable in your own skin.  
Understanding that God created you with something special in mind is an amazing release.  
From the beginning of time there were awesome things that God orchestrated that only you can do.  Romans 11:29 reads, “For the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable.”  This means that no matter how much you try to dismiss God’s plan or run from it; He doesn’t not call you because it’s hard or because you’re afraid.  
In this scripture the word “gifts” refers to the gifts of: divine grace, faith, holiness, and virtue but it is also defined as “grace of gifts denoting extraordinary powers distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the kingdom.”  
Isn’t it incredible to know that what God has planned for you is so great that there is nothing that you can do that will make Him take the gift away? 
You may lay it down and walk away but God doesn’t play give and take with what He has called us to do.
Another difficulty that we may face in the journey of realizing who we are in God and what He has called us to is the act of not putting our hands on what He has given us in order to make it work better or faster.  
God’s timing is not like ours and His ways our not like ours.  We must trust that if He ordained our lives from the beginning of time then He has all the details worked out.  Proverbs 18:16 reads, “A man’s gift will make room for him and bring him before great men.”   Earlier we saw that the meaning of the word gifts referred to “the grace of gifts denoting extraordinary powers distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the kingdom,” so we have to be mindful of the fact that God has placed in each of us extraordinary powers that distinguish us and show our differences and when those differences and differences in gifts are used for God’s glory not only will you have realized who you are in God but also where you fit.  
The French poet Jean Cocteau once said, “A true poet does not bother to be poetic, nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.”  
We must understand this principle in our lives with Christ. He is the giver of all gifts and He is the creator of all things living and nonliving.  We are not our personal marketers or promoters; we are servants of Christ. He is our father and our agent.  
We do not have to try to sell ourselves to those around us but we do have to wait for God to design the marquee that will display our names in lights.  Creating your popularity and promoting yourself sets limits on where you will go. 
Allowing God to do all of your public relations will take you before people of greatness that you may never have known you would meet.  God’s plans are perfect and our place in Him is a perfect fit.  
Let God move you and mold you, direct you and discipline you, train you and transport you, and ultimately He will be free to have His way and you will be proud of and comfortable with who He created you to be, what He created you to love, and what He called you to do for Him. 
See the Sunday, August 28, 2016 edition.

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