Our life purpose is hidden within us and the discovery of it is the most important journey we can be on. One reason I feel our purpose can be so hard to find is we ignore the power of our natural gifts. Not natural abilities but gifts. Our gifts are something we’ve been given by God. These gifts can certainly be cultivated and grown but generally they are not abilities which we have had to work or strive to get.

If you are a reader of the New Testament, I’m sure you know about the “five fold ministry gifts”. These are: Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist, and Teacher. I believe we have put too much emphasis on these five gifts and elevated them to be higher than the natural gifts which we all posses. In other words, I believe some are finding it hard to connect with their purpose because they feel their natural gifts are not as important as having one of the five fold gifts.

The Bible does tell us our gift, the excellence of it, will bring us before kings. So our gift has the potential to be so powerfully different that we will be able to stand in the presence of greatness and sow something of ourselves into them. The more we use our gift and share our gift with the world the more our sphere of influence increases and the more people we can affect for good. The best example of this was Joseph who used his God given gifts to bless Pharaoh (a king) and affect a nation and the world with the gift of administration.

I believe we should all begin to see the path which has already been carved out and paved for us to increase in our gifts and then FOLLOW THAT PATH wherever it leads. Anne

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