(NOTE: This sermon series and devotional series is based on a book by Randy Frazee entitled, “BELIEVE.”
You may choose to download or purchase the book as a supplement to your worship and devotional emails.)
Tests. Class ranks. Scholarships. College acceptance. Graduation with honors.
Are you smart enough?
There are many brilliant people in the world today. You may be one of them. You may be extremely knowledgeable and gifted. You may be the one to whom people come to solve problems or give sound advice. You may be known for solving some of your company’s or individual’s greatest problems. Perhaps you received the highest accolades your field gives.
But you could still feel, “I am not smart enough.”
The pursuit of intelligence is never ending…that’s OK. Finding my identity, value, and worth in my intellect has got to stop. It too is never ending and leaves us empty. There will always be more to learn. There will always come someone more brilliant.
Are you smart enough?
If you ask this question, how do you protect your mind and heart from building your identity, value and worth on your smarts?
According to God, you have the intellect he desired to give you. According to God, you have the gifts he intended you to have.
Consider these two scriptures:
Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”
1 Corinthians 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. [various gifts are listed] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
We can have a life-long pursuit of knowledge, but the Lord doesn’t want us to have a life-long pursuit of identity. We don’t need a “gift envy” heart that always wishes to have gifts that other people have. (i.e. “I wish I could play that instrument like…” “I wish I could figure things out like…) Our identity is wrapped up in the reality that we ARE GIFTED people of God.
When God’s Spirit comes to live in our hearts, he settles the identity question and says, “Yes, you ARE smart enough. Yes, you are gifted perfectly!”
I begin to ask a different question. Instead of asking how do I use the current situation to build my identity, I ask, “How can I use the gifts God’s Spirit has given to me in my current situation.”
I realize I am a steward of my gifts and a steward of my identity. If I am perfect in Jesus and gifted by the Spirit, how do YOU want to live in that identity today?
2 Corinthians 5:14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
I can live today not in pursuit of self-given identity. I can live in my God-given identity today pursuing the use of my intellect to glorify God and serve people. Enjoy the shift!
Apply: What gifts has God given to YOU? (Note: “He hasn’t given me any” is NOT an acceptable answer. He has…what are they?) What is one way today you can use those gifts to glorify God and be a blessing to people?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for sending us your Holy Spirit to give us gifts. Help us each day to realize we are gifted people given the ability to use those gifts to serve you and others. Open those doors of opportunity for me today! AMEN.