“All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (v.11).
At ten-years-old, I had one goal — be Amy Grant. She was amazing. The way she sang and played the guitar and connected with her audiences and shined Jesus at every concert enamored me. So I wanted to be her from the time I was ten.
Then I found different interests and entered college as a business major rather than a music major. My goals had shifted from becoming Amy Grant to becoming the successful founder of some great organization leading people in missions.
That major lasted exactly two days.
Then I did a Beth Moore Bible study and found a new goal. You’ve heard of her, right? She’s the amazingly gifted and talented teacher/speaker/writer whom God has used to bring hundreds of thousands of women into deeper relationship with Him. Yep. You guessed it, I wanted to become Beth Moore instead.
Of course, by that time I realized I couldn’t actually be Beth Moore. I just wanted to be the next Beth Moore. The woman everyone would call on when they needed a Biblical expert who could make their group come alive.
But God did not make me Beth Moore. He made me Brianna Wasson.
When His Spirit gave me life through His Son Jesus Christ, He did not empower me to be the guitar-playing, song-writing Amy Grant. He did not bestow on me the same exact gifts He gave Beth Moore. In fact, Almighty God gifted me altogether differently.
When the Holy Spirit of God made me alive, He gifted me especially for this life. The one empowered by, enabled by and specially designed by Him. And when I try to be anything other than what He has created and empowered me to be, I get tired and burned out and grumpy.
You see, God alone is the only real empowerment behind real life. When we live plugged in to His way for us, using the gifts He has given, we are fully alive.
How are you using the gifts God has especially given to you?