Do you know what God created you for? Do you know what your destiny is?
The first thing you must do understand your destiny is to recognize the gifts God has given you to use. They include the things you can’t control – your parents, your nationality, your race, your language. They also include your SHAPE – your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experiences. These are the things that make you uniquely you.
Now you are not responsible for the gifts God didn’t give you. In other words, if you are not artistically gifted, you are not expected to paint pictures like Rembrandt. But you are responsible for the ones he did give you.
When you get to heaven, God isn’t going to compare you with anyone else, but he will compare you with yourself. What did you do with what you were given? What could you have done if you had trusted God a little bit more? Romans 14:12 (NIV) says, “Each of us will have to give personal account to God.”
God has given you gifts for a purpose. And you have a responsibility to be a good steward of those gifts – not for selfish uses, but for the good of others. Your gifts are not for your benefit. God gave you gifts for the benefit of other people. Ask yourself, “What has God given me for good to use for good?”
—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional
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