There is a scene in the movie Chariots of Fire often referred to when talking about spiritual gifts. Eric Liddell speaks of running and says this:
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
As we work through studies on spiritual gifts, the question should be asked:
What is it that you do when you feel His pleasure?
It is true our gifts were given to us not for us, but to give away. Imagine going to a bridal shower with a gift for the bride-to-be and deciding to hold on to it, keeping it for yourself. The bride is without the thing she needs and you are sitting there with a gift in your hands, obvious to all who observe you and not allowing anyone to enjoy the benefits of it. The purpose of the gift is lost.
Our gifts are also for us in the sense that God has given us all a work to do, a purpose for our lives, and has intended us to play a vital and important part of His story.
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This “work” we have been assigned to, the things you do and the things you don’t do… they are in fact work. Which means there will be measures of blood, sweat and tears. In fact, it’s been said that if something isn’t hard… it may not be worth doing. There is great satisfaction that comes with hard work, especially when it involves working shoulder to shoulder with others.
Though work can be hard, this gift of purpose, the value of being part of a worthy cause should come with a measure of rest for our souls, the peace that comes with knowing you are smack in the middle of God’s will for your life.
When Eric Liddell would run, it was certainly hard work. It required training, steadfastness, resolve, perseverance and a vision for finishing well. Although all those things were in play, the rest was found knowing he sensed the pleasure of God when he was doing the very thing He knew he was meant for and the thing God used to show his kindness through the life of one man.
What is it that you do when you sense the pleasure of God? What is hard for you but doesn’t feel like a burden when you do it?