Today, we live in the era of personality tests. From the Enneagram to Myers-Briggs, we recite rote information about how we as individuals relate to the world around us. But if we’re not careful, we can miss out on how these tests results translate into our spheres of influence or specific callings. So, here are three easy ways to discover who the Lord has created you to be and how you can better invest in the world around you.
1. Phone a friend.
Through your preferred method of communication, reach out to someone you trust and ask them what God-given gifts they see at work within you. Oftentimes, we are blinded to the unique giftings we have and need to be reminded of them by those who can help us better see the good in ourselves. God in His infinite mercy and grace created you on purpose and for His purposes. So, ask one of His people to help you see yourself as He does. And on the opposite side of things: if you see the good in someone around you, be quick to speak those truths into them (1 Thessalonians 5:1).
2. Dive into the Word.
The Bible really does have a lot to say—about everything. As Timothy puts it, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (1 Timothy 3:16-17). The Scriptures are full of stories of people used by God in ways that He created them for. These biblical examples are of men and women in the faith who trusted God to provide and guide them into their purposes and into His promises. Our greatest example is Jesus, who obeyed the Father to the ultimate point of submission. Look to the Word of God and prayerfully engage in it so that you may be completely equipped and guided toward the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
3. Look at the opportunities around you.
Jesus let His disciples know that the harvest is abundant, but that the workers are few (Matthew 9:37). As His followers, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ to the weary world. Good works are needed all around us—and not just within the confines of the brick-and-mortar church building. There are needs and opportunities at your home, in your workplace, and at the local schools in our neighborhoods. We can help get you connected to these things, but only you can say “Yes!” to these opportunities as the Lord guides you. Examine how God may be calling you to use your time, talents, and treasures. And through your intentionality, you may just find the sense of purpose you’re searching for.