Summary: There is great desire these days to discover our Spiritual gifts. An industry now exists to meet this very need. Can we boil down the techniques and find our calling? An article written for www.wit4life.com
So many of us desire to know our spiritual gifts from God. We hope to find purpose in God’s Kingdom and make a difference for the Lord. We each are in fact ministers as it says in Ephesians 4:11-13 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” As Christians this desire so strong an entire industry surrounds this aspect of spirituality.
At the website 48days.com Christian founder Dan Miller offers articles and products which help one “Find work you’ll love in 48 days”. Through his strategies you can find your calling and get out of a job you loath. His calling must be inspiring hope with systematic formulas, MP3 files and tele-classes. Ah, I find a role model at last!
I scan site with amused interest. He, like myself, enjoys the field of writing and coaching. Even more so, he enjoys as I do, inspiring people to live to their full potential. Nothing’s wrong with that! There are some humorous quips, some useful career tips and tricks, and much more. (I encourage you to check it out for yourself.)
When visiting the site you might also discover something as I did. Most of the place is devoted to selling his empowering products or signing up new members. It’s an empire of sorts, comprising some great graphic elements of design if I may say so. It seems so many of us crave to find our true calling that inventive entrepreneurs like Dan Miller can and have made extremely prosperous livings simply by feeding those cravings and instructing the unfulfilled.
I’m not saying coach Dan is a charlatan. He offers some good advice actually. But I know this too: I’m in the graphic and advertising business by trade, and one thing I know well is “often packaging is everything”. Mr. Miller has splendid packaging for his business and darn good ecommerce techniques to boot. That is a great combination for success. And he has that in spades! Good for him.
If you feel unfulfilled and you visit his elaborate website you might very easily plunk down $69.95 for a kit that promises to make you wildly successful once you discover your gifts and calling. You might do the program he suggests and do very well for yourself. He seems so good at helping people reach their dreams. (One easily notices the copious amounts of personal testimonials.) I too early clicked a few items into my “online shopping cart”. It’s a very exciting prospect to think your dreams are only 48 days away. It gives me goose bumps, how about you?
It’s true, many are indeed aided by these methods and for that I am glad. But I also see it this way: many of his “tools” can be boiled down to just sheer common sense and goal setting. The gist of the impressive Dan Miller 48 Day Plan is simply this: 1) find out what you love doing and 2) make a plan to get it. There, I just saved you at least $69.95!
The truth is with understanding, focus and determination so many things are possible. We are capable of doing much more than we think we can. With inspiration we can be galvanized to accomplishing great things and leading a more purposeful life. We may need to purchase a pre-fabricated motivational kit to do that, but we may just need to sit down with a notepad and pencil and start asking ourselves important questions.
Discovering our talents or gifts from the Spirit can be done in so many ways if we actually have no clue what they are. We can ask our mentors, our friends, we can take all manner of tests on the market. But be warned, if our curiousity outweighs our desire for unity within the bonds of peace that’s when trouble really starts.
Finding our calling can be largely self-focused, self-indulgent or self-ambitious. It is so much better to use our known strengths for the Lord right NOW and leave in-depth analysis aside. Often we already know many gifts we posess but we lack the faith to minister with them and use them for the Lord. unless Sadly we wait for clarification first. Again, this is self-focused. God we give us all we need to serve Him. His power ovewrshadows us. He is strong in our weaknesses and His power is made known in our weaknesses.
The Christian personality and gifts tests, and many other Christian attempts to uncover our Spiritual gifts are not all bad, but they may be distracting. Christians may meander about in a long phase of self-discovering while putting God’s work on the back burner.