Day 1 of 40
Biblical Underpinnings for Strengths Something within our spirit resonates with the discovery of our talents and strengths. It “feels right,” as though from the depths of our being we can finally shout, “This is who I was created to be!” This liberating experience allows us to develop and move toward living out our talents – God-given ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving. It also gives us permission to accept ourselves as God originally created us to be. Numerous passages from the Old and New Testaments affirm what we already know in our hearts about God’s grace towards humanity. In the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, we find that humankind was the crowning achievement of Creation:
Genesis 1.27, 31a - So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female . . . God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased.
More specifically, the Old Testament book of Jeremiah reminds us that God knows us personally and has a unique call for each of our lives:
It is this knowledge of God’s intimate involvement in our lives that leads to the deep sense of gratitude expressed in the Old Testament book of Psalms:
Furthermore, in the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians, we discover that God’s unique design for us includes giving us different gifts to be used in helping others:
1 Corinthians 12:14-20
Expanding on this theme, a number of New Testament books (especially the book of Ephesians) help us understand that ministry is about releasing each person’s potential – helping them do what God designed them to do best. Our success and impact will be because of who we are . . . not by trying to be who we are not. We are free to become men and women of excellence as we discover and enhance our strengths by drawing upon our God-given talents through the practice and development of our skills and building our base of knowledge.
From a spiritual viewpoint, when we affirm and engage our strengths in Scripture, we communicate to God our gratefulness for gracing us with our unique mix of talents and gifts, and learn to live the life that God always intended us to live. It also gives us a sense of significance and purpose and a new set of lenses in which to encounter the life- changing message of the Word of God!