Your gift will make room for you, but you are not defined by what you can do. Your talents and abilities will open doors of opportunity but they do not equal your worth. Others will label you and categorize you based on all of those things, but you must never limit yourself to their perspective. You are in the process of becoming who God says you are. Your gifts, talents, and abilities are the tools you have at hand to fulfill your God-given purpose and calling in your own unique way.
“A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16 (NKJV)
Many years ago, I began dreaming with God about my life and purpose. I began to believe that I was meant for something more than anyone had ever told me—more than I had ever dared to imagine. I remember walking through a park near our home in Baltimore, MD, thinking about these things. The Lord was leading us into the unknown and we were determined to follow. And I wondered how someone so insignificant as me would ever have the level of influence that I was realizing He had planned for me to walk in. At that very moment, I heard His whisper: “Your gift will make a way for you.”
I’ve given gifts that made room for me. More importantly, my God-given gifts have opened doors for me, both my naturally developed abilities and the gifts of the Spirit that I’ve grown strong in. But I also know that they do not wholly explain my calling or purpose. This is, however, the common misconception.
Most of us evaluate our calling or purpose, or the calling and purpose of others, based on gifts, talents, and abilities. The truth is, those things were planted by God and developed by use, but they are only meant to give expression to purpose and calling—not to define it. They are tools we have at hand to help fulfill the purpose and calling of God in a unique way.
How do you view those whom God has brought into your life? Do you define them in your heart by what they can do? Or do you see them for who God says they are?
You will only receive from the anointing on someone’s life to the degree you receive them for who they are in Christ. If you receive them for what they can do, you will only benefit from the level of their developed gifts and abilities. But if you receive them for who God says they are, you’ll receive benefit from the Lord God Himself through them.
Are you limiting yourself to your gifts, talents, and abilities? Or do you recognize that you are greater than what you can do? You are defined by God, and He does not call or limit you based on your developed gifts or abilities. God calls that which is not as though it was, and as a result, it becomes what He believes.
You are not defined by what you can do. You are defined by a God who believes in you.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.