Today’s word is brought to you by my wife Lady Robin Baker… Enjoy!
Ephesians 4:11-13. 1 Now, these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid reader as well as a movie buff. I love, love watching zombie movies (don’t judge me, if there is ever an apocalypse I am going to be good) I am also a writer and I love to tell stories. Stay with me and I’m going to bless you! (In my Madea voice).
I was watching a movie on Netflix called “Pastor Browns Daughter” To make a long story short, Pastor Brown’s health was failing and he wanted his daughter to take the mantel.
The problem with this is he had two daughters one who walked with God and served the ministry with all she had, and the other daughter had left the church and never looked back.
The one he chose was the most unlikely to take his place. The one who had left God. She was the one who needed this the most. Kinda like the prodigal son.
In his talk with her, he explained the vision that God had given him. Her response was, Daddy I could never walk in your shoes.
I can’t lead the church the way you have, my life right now is a mess. I am not fit to lead anyone. Her dad looked at her with the most loving eyes and said…baby, I am not looking for you to walk in my shoes.
You could never do that. Those shoes were made specifically for me. You could never survive what I have been through.
He took her hand and said…baby, I want you to find YOUR own shoes! find what God has called you to do and how he wants you to move.
Discover how he wants you to lead. He is saying something here people, he is about to save his baby girls life with this assignment.
Have you ever struggled with God’s calling on your life? wondering what it is he has called you to do.
I preached a whole sermon on this, but I will try to give you the short version. Many people wish to walk in other people’s shoes, wanting to be great at what other people are great at.
Oh, I wish I could sing like Tamela Mann, I wish I could preach like Jakes. The problem with that is, Those are not your gifts to walk in they are someone else’s. Find YOUR shoes!
I remember a couple of years ago I was so frustrated about where I was as a playwright. It seemed all my industry friends where doing so much better then I was. They were doing what they thought to be great and I wanted to be great too.
Why can’t I do that? I should be bigger then I am now. (these people won’t let me be great) I am an amazing writer, they call me a beast! (beast was not my word’s God, IJS)
I could hear God saying, right there Robin is the problem, you are thinking more highly of your self then you ought. (I don’t know what I was thinking) I need you to trust me on this, Walk-in your gift’s, walk in the shoes that I specifically made for you.
He said that my gift would make room for me. (I did not get that part it totally went over my head) it was entirely up to God.
You don’t know what great is until God takes over. This pushed me to use my gift for God and not for greatness. And God has done some great things through my writing.
People have had life-changing experiences and lives have been transformed through the living word on stage. You can not get any greater than that!
Finding YOUR shoes means finding what God has called you to do while you are here on earth.
11 Now, these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
What is your gift? What is it that God has purposed you to do. God gifted me to be a skilled writer and storyteller among other things.
One of my gifts is to write inspirational plays for people who have lost hope and need a Godly solution. another is the gift of encouragement, so I encourage you to…
Never seek to walk in anyone else’s shoes because you don’t know where they have walked or what they did to get where they are.
What they may have survived, may cause you to lose your entire mind. Chase after God, seek him for guidance. Find YOUR shoe’s.
Walk in your gift find your purpose in life and be great!
If you are not sure what God has called you to do, seek him for guidance. God has given each and every one of us our own gift’s and talents (see passage above) and we are all called to do something different.
Sometimes we have to go through some tough times to get to where we need to be to operate effectively in our gift.
Go through it with patients knowing that God is always preparing you for the task at hand.
He will never give you purpose without preparation and a plan. He is preparing you to walk in YOUR shoes.
King David of the Bible can certainly testify to this, check out his story when you get a chance. (1 and 2 Samuels cover the bulk of the life of King David)
When you find YOUR shoes, it may not be easy at first, you may stumble along the way. In the end, you will be doing what God has called you to do.
Point to Ponder:
No matter what God has called you to do. Do it for his glory. God has a purpose and a plan for your life. You are important to the body of Christ your gift matters, your purpose is important and God is intentional towards you. What are you waiting for, find YOUR shoes, walk in them and be great!
Loving you with the love of Christ,
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