We each have special abilities to help others and pass along God’s blessings
Bible Book, Chapter, Verse and Translation References For This Post
1 Peter 4:10:
God has given [you] some special abilities; be sure to use them to help [others], passing on to [them] God’s many kinds of blessing (The Living Bible).
Jude 1 12:
you, laughing and carrying on, gorging and stuffing themselves without a thought for others. They are like clouds blowing over dry land without giving rain, promising much, but producing nothing. They are like fruit trees without any fruit at picking time. (The Living Bible)
13: You are the salt of the earth (New International Version)
14: You are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. 15-16 Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father (The Living Bible).
Context For The Scripture References
God blesses earth and its inhabitants through His believers.
We each have special abilities God has given us to help others and pass along His blessings.
The best way to practice those special abilities is mostly through joy of doing them, and less about obligation.
Joy springs from your deepest interests, passions and talents: interests are wanting to know or learn about something – they are more intellectual in nature; passion is what is in our heart and what we feel – they are more emotional; talents are innate (existing from birth) and what we are good at.
When we know our interests, passions and talents, and make use of them, we operate from a position of joy. That is what God’s wants…letting us do that which makes us happy, which we can use to help others, which let’s us pass along God’s blessings to them, and makes God happy because he is seeing his unique creation do what he made us to do. Win-win all the way around.
See Matthew 25:21: Begin the joyous tasks I have assigned to you. Tasks from God are joyous when they extend from or interest, passions and talents.
When we really know at a deep level our interest, passions and talents, it is really hard to stop ourselves from using them. Not using them means lack of joy and meaning in life and makes life a long and joyless slog. Life can be long and hard, but we can still have a lot of joy through it all.
We are here to give more than we took while in this life. If we do not find out what our special abilities are and use them, then we may not produce anything. Our lives become a waste. We consume resources but fail to give in return. We are like clouds that produce nothing.
Knowing our special abilities helps us focus… keeps us in our wheel house and away from things that we might not be naturally inclined to do, which can set us up for failure.
Each of us has a sphere of responsibility where we have maximum influence. For all his far-ranging travels and activities, the apostle Paul sought to stay “within the limits of the sphere which God appointed” 2 Cor 10:13. Within God’s prescribed limits we can operate effectively. Outside those limits, we don’t. Knowing our limits (which comes from knowing our interest, passions and talents) makes it easier to say no to activities outside our boundaries. Another way to look at it is that our calling and working within that to stay out of trouble. David’s disaster with Bathsheba occurred when David was uncharacteristically stayed back in the palace. He was a man of war, taking back territory for God. That was his calling and He was in the wrong place – making it impossible for him to do what he should have been doing and possible for him to do what he should not have done.
Salt is a necessity in life and improves taste. Something that has better taste makes us happier. That is what we do when we practice our special abilities, we are providing necessities from God through us to bless others and make the world better. We are also making the world a happier place.
Knowing and practicing our special abilities allows our light to shine to the world.
Theologian and social justice leader Howard Thurman on passion: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Source: The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman: A Visionary for Our Time. What makes you come alive is knowing your interest, passions and talents, and practicing them.
See Matthew 6:33: …and he will give them to you IF [emphasis mine] you give him first place in your life and LIVE AS HE WANTS YOU TO [emphasis mine]. I think If you practice your special abilities, you are doing what he wants and living as he wants, and he will take care of you in context of this scripture.
Practicing our special abilities can be thankless because we often may not see the reward for a long time, or ever in this life. We cannot ever know the full effects of our special abilities on others, or even on future generations. But God knows, and that is all that matters.
Focus less on the gratitude from others or the worldly accolades from using our special abilities, and focus more on the joy and gratitude we experience internally from practicing them; this shift in thinking is not easy and can take a long time to settle in.
Why This Is Important For Us and Our Business
Starting and growing a business can be all-consuming and it is important that we enjoy it. Otherwise, we are more likely to burn out. When our business extends from our deepest interest, passions and talents: we are more likely to enjoy it;
We can leverage our special abilities into a business that touches shareholders, owners, customers, suppliers, contractors…many different stakeholders that gives us the opportunity to help them with our special abilities and pass along God’s blessings;
We are able to exceed expectations when doing our work in context of your special abilities, which allows us to build loyalty with our stakeholders;
Knowing and practicing our special abilities will help attract certain people to us, and vice versa, attract us to them, because they need what we have. See 1 Peter 5:2…feed the flock of God. The definition of flock is birds of one kind. Our flock are people of one kind that attract to us and vice versa, we are attracted to them. Knowing you and your interest, passions, and talents lets you discover your flock.
Applying It To Us and Our Business
Build a product and our company around our interests, passions and talents.
If we can, focus on practicing our special abilities (or focus on using our strengths); let others do what we are weak at. This is not always feasible, especially if we are just starting out or we are not able to have others do the things we are weak at doing.
Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him (Charles Stanley). To obey is to use our special abilities. Use them and leave all the consequences to God.
Inspiration: Just try a lot of different things: see this quote from Seth Godin
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Questions for further study
A fearful mind is not a reasoning mind. When you know your interests, passions and talents, and you practice them, you operate more in joy and less in fear. So, you reason better. How can you replace fear with joy via your interests, passions and talents and your special abilities?
Be the best version of yourself. That manifests in not compromising your truth and being you and living based on what you were designed to do. Truth is you – your interests, passions and talents and through them, you were designed to practice your special abilities. What is the best version of yourself when you operate through your special abilities? How do you get from where are now to the best version of yourself? What is the plan to get you there? How do you start on the plan? How do you stay on that plan?
If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it (Michael Jordan). What do you think about all the time? Is that coming from your interest, passions and talents?