The late Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing both before the age of two due to illness, but she went on to become a world-renowned author, speaker, and social activist. This great woman said true happiness comes through “fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
What does that mean? Well, I believe it means being faithful to your gifts, growing them, sharing them, and taking joy in them. It means moving beyond the pursuit of self-satisfaction to the more mature search for meaning and fulfillment found only in Jesus and His call upon your life.
The problem I have discovered is that the majority of believers do not know what their gifts are – natural skills and talents they are aware of but the supernatural call of God on their lives and the corresponding gifts they seem to be unaware of. This means they do not truly know themselves nor their purpose upon the earth. As a result they will change absolutely nothing and the planet (and the people on it) will be none-the-better for them having been here. They are simply taking up space and using up precious resources. The Church has failed them.
It is time for the Church to teach disciples who they are in Christ-and how to develop their gifts and calling. Then they will come to know who they truly are and what they are uniquely called to do and how to do it. Then they will have a “worthy purpose” in life and for life and, as a result, true happiness – at least according to Helen Keller.
While waiting for your Church to lead in this area there is no need to sit and do nothing. Everything God calls you to be and then to do is based upon your relationship with Him. So, work on that while you wait for the Church to train, equip and mentor you. Then, walk in the light that you do have – do what the Bible states believers do – share Jesus and the Gospel of the Kingdom with people. And, then, if you are not being trained and equipped – find a church that will help you to discover your gifts and calling and then actually release you to minister in your calling. Find a church that believes in “equipping the saints for the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).
This means you need to find a church that believes in and works with a leadership team of five-fold ministers especially apostles and prophets (Ephesians 4:11) and that can speak prophetically into your life revealing God’s plan and purpose for you and then train and equip you to fulfill God’s plan and purpose. Churches like this are hard to find but they do exist and are well worth the effort to find them. Then you can truly be a world changer.