I am often amazed at how we so easily bury the gifts and talents that God has given us. When I think about the many people who go to jobs day after day that they can’t stand; how they work in areas that they were not called to; how they allow their jobs to stress them out; how they don’t make enough money for what they do; but most importantly, how they have become so satisfied with that way of living. It makes me wonder if we really know what God has placed inside of us.
If you and I only understood that God placed a part of Himself inside of us so that we can be all that He ordained, we would not become so complacent with where we are. I believe that most people who are struggling to make ends meet and are living from paycheck to paycheck have inside of them what it takes to get out of that rut. The problem is that we have allowed our potential to die inside of us. I preached a message a few years ago titled “Don’t Abort Your Pregnancy.” The gist of the message was simply that God has impregnated us with potential and we can abort it, have a stillborn, or birth our potential. God wants all of us to birth the baby that He has placed inside of us. The sad news is that most people have aborted the potential that God has placed inside of them. Let me ask you a question: What are you doing with your talent?”There are those of you who should be employers but you have settled for being an employee. There are those of you who should have your own business but you are afraid to step out of your comfort zone. There are those of you who should have already finished writing that book or recorded that CD, but you are afraid of success. There are those of you who have gotten so caught up in marriage or a relationship that you have completely forgotten about your own success. All I am simply trying to do is awaken the potential that is already in you. Our biggest problem is that we don’t want to do what it takes to birth what God has placed inside of us.
Let me ask you another question. “What are you waiting on or what are you afraid of?” Everything that you need to make it happen is already inside of you. I am starting to believe more and more that there are people who are afraid of success. That may not sound right to say that people are afraid of success, but there are many people who are.
Let me talk to those of you who are either married or in a relationship. You can spend so much time trying to make someone else’s dream come true until you forget about your own. Think about it for a minute. How much time do you spend nurturing your own baby that God has placed inside of you? If you are always trying to nurture someone else’s baby and forget about your own, it will soon have a detrimental impact. I am also a firm believer that you cannot make someone else happy until you are happy with yourself. My reason for saying this is simple. If you are not happy with your job or where you are in life, there will always be a void inside of you. In other words, God has created you in such a way that there will be a void in your life until you are doing what He has birthed you to do.
I am not saying that you won’t have some lovely days, but you will still feel a void from time to time because He has created you for a purpose. Imagine all of the potential that lies dead and buried in graveyards. There are books that were never written, songs never recorded, businesses that were never opened, doctors and lawyers that never practiced, chefs and bakers that never believed in themselves, among other talents that have been wasted. It would be a shame for those of us who are still here to not take advantage of another opportunity to birth our potential.
This is already November of 2009 and if you are like me you are asking the question, where has this year gone? The truth of the matter is that time waits for no one. You and I are getting older and it makes no sense for us to continue to go to jobs that we don’t enjoy. Take the time to wake up the giant inside of you and get to your destiny. God never designed for us to live our lives having just enough, but He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The question that I want to raise now is, “Now that you know differently, what are you going to do about it?” You cannot say that you don’t have a talent because God gave all of us at least one. If you don’t know what your talent is the only thing I can suggest to you is to ask God and He will reveal it to you. Don’t allow death to sneak up on you and you have not birthed the potential that God has placed inside of you!
Rev. Knighton is a member and the administrative pastor of Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Albany and pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Baconton.