The Christian and Money/Tapping into your gift part 2
We left off with part one of this series illustrating how Moses as an example tapped into his gift. God asks him to go down into Egypt and tell Pharoah to let his people go and Moses responds with"I cannot speak". Remember that God will use your gifts talents and abilities to carry out his will and purpose for your life but one of the hindrances to tapping into ones gift is to focus on ones liabilities instead of assets. because of this lack of focus, new gifts that one may have go untapped and undeveloped. Think about it... God would not tell us to do something that we could not do because he would be unjust to do so, so Moses "could" do what he imagined that he could not because of past failure in that area. Desire is a very strong emotion and it brings the needed motivation to do what needs to be done to accomplish a goal. Psalm 37:4 says to delight thyself in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of your heart, this desire is crucial to tapping into ones gift.
God tells Moses that he would send his brother Aaron with him to speak, which was the support Moses needed to develop his own gift. No man is an island and everyone needs support at one time or another. Many times God will connect us with someone else that can do what we have been gifted to do also, so that we can have an example of how to tap into our own gift. Notice Aaron was to be a mouthpiece for Moses, the very gift that Moses already had (he had his own mouth) because God told him in the beginning to go "tell" Pharoah to let his people go.
Believe in yourself and your gift
The next obstacle Moses faced was his inability to believe in himself. May I say that a person who refuses to believe in themselves will also not believe in their gifts. No matter how polished a persons gift talent or ability may be, they will not convince others to benefit from them because people will see a person the same way the person sees themselves! in Numbers 13 Israel saw themselves as grasshoppers and others saw them as grasshoppers also ( Numbers13:33) .A scripture that I refer to when I'm doubting myself is Romans 11:29 where it says the gifts and callings of God are without repentance (irrevocable) which means that God will not take back what he gave you. Think about the magnitude of this statement...God through his omniscience knew in advance the mistakes you and I would make in our future before he ever gave us the gifts that he did, but he gave them to us anyway never to take them back because he believes in us all. So if no other person believes in you, God does and because he does you and I should do the same.
What is that in thine hand?
And Moses answered and said but behold they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice:for they will say the Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him what is that in thine hand?
May I tell you this? don't worry about what other people are going to think about you and your gift because everyone has an opinion, but the only truth that counts is God's truth. Moses was worried about whether he would be believed or not and God simply turns his attention back to himself and what he already had, because God knew that Moses would not make room for his gift, but that his gift would make room for him. This is an important principle to understand because today people try to make room for their gift by trying to become buddy buddy with someone in authority that can help their career, they may bribe, blackmail and a host of other things to achieve their goal. But proverbs 18:16 says that a man's gift will make room for him meaning simply concentrate on being the best that you can be at what you do and someone will notice and you will be compensated.
When the Lord asks Moses what was that in his hand Moses only saw a rod, but God saw much more which is why we cannot look at what is in our possession in just one way because God sees what it can become.There is more to your gift than you know, but as you continue to seek the Lord and use what he has already given you, you will begin to tap into new territory. God tells Moses to throw his rod on the ground, something that was unusual for Moses because his rod was not meant to be thrown down, but to help with shepherding. We must be willing to try new things with our gift within God's guidance because there is more pertaining to it than we know. Ephesians 3:20 says now unto him that is able to do exceeding and abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that works within us. A born again person can do more than they or any other person for that matter can ask or think because of the holy spirit on the inside (1Corinthians 6).
When God tells Moses to throw down his rod in Exodus 4:3 Moses obeys and the rod becomes a serpent and Moses runs from it. The rod of Moses now becomes the rod of God just as our gift must become Gods gift if it is going to be maximized. We must be willing to relinquish control of it and let God take control, meaning we must obey him as it relates to our gift. The rod itself was one of Moses' gifts that would accompany him throughout his encounters with pharoah, and that God was teaching him how to tap into. As his rod becomes a serpent and Moses runs from it God tells him to pick it up by the tail. This was a control issue because serpents are never picked up by the tail, but by the head. A crucial part of tapping into our gift today is to relinquish control of our gift trusting God that he will work things out for good. Trusting God will at times place us in vulnerable positions just like for Moses grabbing the serpent by the tail, but if we will obey him in the how what where when and why's of using our gifts, we will have success.
your gift will work if you work it!
- Your gift will work if you acknowledge it
You must acknowledge what you can do and do well, because what is not acknowledged may be buried.
2. Your gift will work if you polish it
You must be willing to invest in your gift whether it be through personal study, mentorship, finance etc until you are the best that you can be at it.
3. Your gift will work if you don't abolish it
Don't ever give up but use your failures as stepping stones and continue to be persistent and diligent trusting God to help you reach your goals. If a drop of water continues to drip upon a rock, in time it will make an impression in it. The key is don't stop!
Hindrances to you and your gift
- Thinking you don't need God's help
- Thinking you wont need other peoples support
- Unable to work without supervision
- Never finishing what you start
- You don't believe in yourself
- Habitually complain
- No goals or objectives
- Fear of success
- Unable to take constructive criticism