Just a few days ago, I received a lengthy and admittedly difficult to write email from a friend. As we conversed back and forth, one phrase continually struck me. It has become the foundation for this post. . .
“God has so very much in store for both of us. We are involved in the process of bringing transformation to others’ lives…because that is what PAPA is all about…people moving forward to their destinies.”
Since coming to know the Lord in a very personal way, I’ve known that each of us is designed to fulfill a God-given purpose. It’s what we call our destiny.
It’s our place in the world that is uniquely designed just for us. Scripture says He formed us in the womb and that He knew us before we were born. Everything we need to fulfill the purpose for our being is within our grasp. If only we will take hold and become – then do! And in order to do, we must ‘become’.
As I thought through my friend’s statement above, it occurred to me that over the 34+ years of walking, learning, growing and becoming in the Lord, I realized a number of things which I wish to share here. Hopefully they will be of benefit to you as you progress spiritually, personally – and professionally!
1. We are mandated to fulfill the destiny designed for us. PAPA put into us native skills and abilities as well as propensities for doing so. We have what we need to do so.
Why then do we shy away from becoming the very woman He destined us to be? Do we fail to recognize the inheritance made possible for us before we arrived in our Momma’s womb?
2. Each of us is gifted with a primary motivational gift of the Spirit. There are 7 of them and they are the driving force that permeates every aspect of our being. We naturally operate from them.
We are motivated either by the prophetic, teaching, giving, serving, administrating, exhorting or mercy. Equally we are expected to learn to operate in all seven, but the one primary gift will be that which PAPA uses as we do His bidding. And it has been my experience that much of what He allows in our lives is to sharpen the gift(s) so that we become witnesses to Him via our specific gift.
3. There are different roles we are expected (and gifted) to fulfill. Some will be apostles – others will be preachers of the Word. Some will be used to call others into the Kingdom by introducing Him to those who have yet come to know Him.
Personally, that is not what I’m called to. I chuckle when I think of the one time in my walk that I uttered the following words – “Do you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?” No one was more shocked than I was. But they were the right words for the moment – and for the person to whom I spoke them. However, that is not primarily what I’m called to as my role in the body.
I used to chide myself that I wasn’t “evangelizing”. And my evangelical friends were quick to help with the chiding. But as I’ve grown more ‘vintage’ in age and wisdom; I’ve come to recognize that my giftedness lies in other areas.
4. It’s imperative that believers know Scripture. And more power to those who have memorized it and can spout out word for word and the chapter and verse from which it is found. However, the more powerful and valuable is to know the Gospel as a whole (Old and New Testaments) and to have it written in the memory of our hearts.
Memorization is of the brain – the mind. Memorization of the heart is of our entire being. Scripture says He will write it on our hearts. It’s critically important we come to understand what PAPA is telling us in the written word; not just have the chapters and verses in the memory traces of our brains. When we understand the totality of His message, it becomes the lynch pin of our lives. A lynch pin that we can use to help others come to an understanding of what He is doing in their lives.
Bottom line! We are called to “BE” the Gospel. We can talk and talk and talk; but if we don’t walk the walk that others experience; our talk is so much hot air. Not that we will be perfect; but we’ll be in the process of being perfected. And others will recognize something in us they desire to have for themselves.
Bottom line: It’s less what we say and much more how they experience us!
5. We are all called to be ‘transformers’! Our role in life is to help others discover their unique destiny design and then learn how to fulfill it. In my case, and that of other women who join me, it is with women. Women in business – specifically teeny-weeny businesses we call “micro” – who may also be women of faith. In the 7 Mountains movement; our mountain is “Business” and we take dominion on the place reserved “For His Women”.
We exercise our faith in that regard. We use our gifts in that regard. We encourage, inspire, motivate, inform, educate and teach that the women He puts in our path may discover. That they may learn and grow – in every aspect of their lives.
The most basic call on a believers life is to be a transformer. First to enter upon the journey of transformation by entering into that amazing personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, the Christ. To permit Him to change us into the image and likeness for which we’ve been designed.
Then to be ready and prepared to do the same for those He brings into our lives each day.
I believe that when we serve others in the way of transformation; the words we’ll hear first upon entering our eternal home will be these. . .
“Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
Linda S. Fitzgerald, Visionary Partner & CEO
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