‘God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.’ Romans 12:6 TLB
Paul writes: ‘Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function… We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.’ (Romans 12:4–6 NLT) Dr John Maxwell recommends that you work where you’re strongest 80 per cent of the time, where you’re learning 15 per cent of the time, and where you’re weakest 5 per cent of the time.
So, what are your strengths? To find the answer to that question, you must:
(1) Be secure. If you allow your insecurities to get the better of you, you’ll become inflexible and resistant to change. And if you don’t change you won’t grow.
(2) Get to know yourself. Spend time exploring your gifts, ask for feedback and receive it, and be honest about your blind spots.
(3) Trust your leader. If you can’t trust the person you’re following, you should look for someone you can trust, or get on another team.
(4) See the big picture. Your place on any team only makes sense in the context of the big picture. If your sole reason for finding your niche is personal gain, your wrong motives will rob you of the very joy, fulfilment, and success you desire.
(5) Rely on your experience. The only way to know you’ve discovered your niche is to try things, take risks, learn from your failures and successes, and discover what God has gifted you to do.
SoulFood: Num 6:1–21, Mt 4:1–17, Mk 2:18–22, Lk 9:23–26
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023