Quick Note: I wrestled with writing this post because I know that there are some of you out there who may disagree with my thoughts on this. But I decided to put it out there anyway, because I know that there are also some of you who need the extra nudge to respond with courage to what God may be calling you to do. – Johnny
Do you have the right “gift set” to do something God has called you to do?
Maybe you do. …But maybe you don’t.
I know people who had the right qualifications, background, talents, personality profile and history of success who failed in their new venture – to the surprise and disappointment of the evaluators and supporters who comissioned them.
And in surprising contrast, I also know of people who were very successful in their new venture, even though they did not fit the generally accepted understanding of the perfect profile of someone best suited for the task – also to the surprise of those who evaluated them beforehand.
Once again, I actually know these people. No theory, here – I could name names. …Real people.
Why is that, I wonder? Is it because screenings and pre-appointment interviews and personality tests are of no value? No. Properly understood and executed, those things have great value.
But I believe that when it comes to ministry, it is because of the following:
- The right gift set, talents, background and personality are ultimately ineffective without calling, commitment and passion.
- The “wrong” gift set(?), talents, background and personality are an effective starting point when accompanied by calling, commitment and passion.
The “right gift set” is the one you have when God calls you to do something. If He has called you, He will supply the rest.
Even the business world, who generally does not figure God into the equation, has over the last decade begun to see “personality tests” as inaccurate predictors of future behavior, because of their inherent weaknesses: They assume personality traits are permanent and they ignore situational factors that influence behavior. (Great, short article from Inc. Magazine about this here – written by Dr. Steven Berglas, Ph.D)
So stop boxing yourself in because of your past and current perception of personality.
Is God calling you to do something? Then explore it. Get insight. Get perspective and advice. Do some introspective navel-gazing. Confirm that calling. Get training if necessary. Prepare as needed.
But then, get busy and do it.
Allow God to provide the gifts, talents and abilities that you do not currently have but will need to complete the task.
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.” Judges 6:15-16
Respond to God’s call with commitment and passion.
But here’s a “head’s up for you: if you’re only counting on your own strength, talents, background, personality and whatever to make it happen, you’re in trouble before you begin.