Last night as I returned home from work I stood there at Town Hall station here in Sydney waiting for my train. Most nights I scan through a chorus of podcasts for something to listen to. There’s a bunch of different podcasts I follow. But there are some there i value and a few that allow me to spend some time with the Father for another 35-40 mins before I reach my front door.
One that I’ve really enjoyed in recent months has been Steven Furtick from Elevation Church. I’m sure part of what I’ve enjoyed is his delivery. It’s passionate, it’s high energy but most importantly he speaks with a sense of “real” about him and it aligns with my own heart so well.
On this particular podcast he spoke on the belief that “It’s always been in you”. He spoke a strong message on the fact that God has been working within us our whole lives. From the day we were born he put “it” within us. He crafted us SO uniquely that day. He crafted us SO intricately that one day we would reach a point of growth and maturity in our lives that we could choose to accept his invitation to relationship with him
And from that moment of accepting his invitation he then allowed us to seek and discover our spiritual giftings. He allowed us to not only discover them but also entrusted us to use them to bring glory to his name.
In Luke 6:45 it says:
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
Luke 6:45 NLT”
I love the last line in this verse!
“What you say flows from what is in your heart”.
When I think about the things that he has given me, I think about the importance of what it is that he is asking me. On one hand so much of that is about simply being in relationship with him. But it’s not about me. It never was about me! It’s always been about Him!
So what He has given me may well be for me but it is for me to use to bring glory to him. What flows from my heart is what I speak. What flows from my heart is the action in what I choose to do. Does it produce good? Or does it produce evil? Does it align with the things the Father has gifted to me and entrusted me with?
I’m very pleased to admit that most of time it does. Like anything there’s always room for better but I know that so long as I stay in relationship with him we will always be in that right place with him
Staying close to God is key here. Because as Steven said in his message, distractions and the way of the world will always get in the way. People will always have other ideas about you.
People will put titles on you which say “That is who you are”. They will define you by those titles, by your successes and failures. They will limit you by what you can do. That may then lead you to think you are what you can do. You then lose yourself and gain the world but jesus said “what good are you?
He put it perfectly, Steven. He then nailed it!
“Don’t let anyone put anything on you that will cause you to forget what God put in you!”.
That’s right! It’s SO right! Amen for that.
Always remember first what God has put in you. In our HBC Community we are all well aware of the things that God has put inside us. We are known by them. We are Faithful. We are Lovers. We are strong and we are giftbringers and lifegivers. We are many things but all things are designed to give God the glory and what flows from our hearts and our mouths is what God has put inside us and I love that about us!
In Jeremiah 1:5 it says:
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
Wow. Before he even formed us in our mother’s womb, He had already appointed us prophets of the nations! That there is the confirmation of how intricately he designed us. To that specific degree he designed us so uniquely.
God made us all unique. There are no two of us alike. What he’s given me is different to what he has given you. But you know what’s amazing about that? He made us so that we would coexist. So that we would need each other! He knew where we would be and what we needed to be equipped with.
One of my favourite quotes is one that focuses on the fact that people need other people. It comes from a guy named Jamie Tworkowski who started a non profit organisation called “To Write Love on Her Arms”. They are based in Florida, USA. Jamie reflected brilliantly on the importance of people coexisting, of people needing connection with other people. He said:
“You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.”
– Jamie Tworkowski
How good is it!??!
But I believe it goes further than just that.
Why do we need other people?
Part of it is the uniqueness we carry. It is also the physical need for companionship. But don’t underestimate your uniqueness as a big reason why we coexist. Sometimes it is the words of others or even ourselves that unlock the windows around us and for others.
It is why we should share and be willing to be vulnerable with those we trust. Because God put something inside us from the beginning. It’s always been in you. Be SO encouraged by that. He has given you all you need. It is inside you and you have authority to use it the way he intended.
Last weekend I watched a Facebook live with Matt, Courtney and Rebekah from our HBC Community on the uniqueness God has created in each of us. What I listened to was a conversation that I can only call wonderful. I sat there watching and just continuously nodding my head, agreeing with the opinions of all. It was amazing to hear the heart of God come out in all three of them and also to hear the same themes that God had placed on my heart through Steven Furtick’s message earlier in the week come roaring back in so emphatically again. I just love the way God confirms his point.
The journey of our uniqueness is no accident. It forms who we are. It becomes who we are in Christ. I love how you put it Rebekah when you said that every part of your placement forms a part of who you are. Things like where you live, the people you hang around. They form part of your character.
it’s no accident you are there with the people you’re surrounded with. Right there you have the opportunity to bring a piece of God in to those moments. In those moments God has placed something specific within you for those moments.
Matt spoke of the idea of being vulnerable and sharing our experiences is quite often a bridge for other people that allows them to meet us in that moment. That where we’ve been is where others have been too. But further than that, where we’ve been may well be where others sit right now. Your words and experience may just be exactly what is needed for someone else.
So friends the point is this. We carry something within us. Something that God has specifically designed for us. It’s always been inside us. It’s part of what makes us unique but it was intended to be that way. He wants us to step up and step out. He wants us to speak, to use our voices. Our voice is important! What we say does matter. We are a living and breathing example to someone else.
Be encouraged friends. Be encouraged that your uniqueness is something intentional. It is like a toolbelt given to you by the Father. It is more than useful. It can do things only God intended them to do. That is a powerful thought!
He trusts us with that though. He loves us that much that he blesses us with the ability to do things for him and through him. And with that I think back to what Rebekah said in the Facebook Live event:
“it’s not a formula, it’s a relationship with God”
That’s what Its all about. The relationship we have with God. It starts there. It’s inside you. It’s always been in you.