Discovering Your Gift
Robert Madu | October 05, 2018
A life-shifting moment for any leader is when he or she discovers their God-given gift. It takes some of us longer than others, but embracing our gifting is what God uses to spread His glory throughout our spheres of influence.
Robert Madu says he is, “convinced that many people are in churches in positions and still don't know what their gift is. And perhaps in a position because it was needed, but not necessarily your gifting.”
Watch the video below to hear Robert give us four questions to help guide us into our gifts.
Prefer to read rather than watch? Here’s the transcript to Robert’s talk:
This is the greatest day of your life, as a leader, as a believer, the day you realize what he put in you. This is your real birthday right here. This is your real birthday, in fact there's an African proverb that says there's two important days in your life; not the day you're born and the day you die, but the day you're born and the day you find out why you were born. What is your gift?
Because hear me, just as sure as I'm holding this gift in my hand, every single person in this room, every single person, every single person in this room has a gift. Have a gift. Something God has given you that is unique to you, and I'm wondering have you figured out what it really is? Have you figured it out yet? What is your gift? I could spend forever talking about the gifts in this room. We've got incredible pastors in this room, we've got thinkers in this room, we've got businesspeople in this room. We've got authors in this room.
You have a gift. What is your gift? I want you to really think about it. What is your gift? You've got something God has given you. Come on, sometimes just your smile could be a gift. "Hello somebody," I think church would grow like crazy if people just smiled more instead of looking like you're constipated and you're auditioning for Shrek 3 and sucking on lemons all day. I think you just ... just smile. "Come on, somebody, what do you do for Jesus?" "I smile."
What is your gift? Some people just your personality is your gift. You ever meet those people that come around you like, "I don't know what it is about Billy, man, but I just like him." That's your gift! You've got something God has given you. What is your gift? Do you know what your gift is? Some of you your gift is you just look good. Come on, that's a gift! That is a gift. Come one, not everybody has it either. Come on, let's be honest, the Bible is clear, the Bible's clear, the Bible says some of us are wonderfully, some of us were fearfully made. There's a clear ... I'm playing, I'm playing! I'm ... You're beautiful, you're beautiful.
What is your gift? You've got something God has given you, have you figured out what your gift is? I want to hit everybody in the room today, because I know it may be ... might not just be lead pastors. You understand that once you figure out what your gift is, that is what God is going to use to bring glory in your own sphere of influence. That's why once you put your faith in Jesus, you can never say you're just anything. Whatever you do becomes your worship to him.
So you can't say things like, "Well, I'm just a schoolteacher." No, you're not just a schoolteacher, you are God's representative in the classroom so the classroom can see what does Jesus look like when Jesus teaches a class? That's your gift. You say well, "I'm just a barista at Starbucks." No, you're not just a barista at Starbucks, you are God's representative at Starbucks so the coffee world can see what does Jesus look like when Jesus serves a triple grande mocha frappuccino.
Wherever you are, that is your gift, that is your place to bring glory to God. Somebody say, "Robert, you ain't talking to me, you ain't talking to me, because I'm just a hairstylist." Girl, you are not just a hairstylist. You are God's representative in the hair salon so the hair salon can see what does Jesus look like when he puts weave and extensions in somebody's hair. "Hello, somebody." Wherever you are, that's your gift. That's your gift. Have you figured it out yet?
I am convinced that many people are in churches in positions and still don't know what their gift is. And perhaps in a position because it was needed, but not necessarily your gifting. What is your gift? Here's some questions I think you can ask yourself to find out what your gift is.
Number one: what do you like to do? What do you like to do? If it's truly your gift, you'll have a passion for it. What do you like to do? Here's another question: what would you do for free? Ooh, some of you are like, "Robert, go to the next point, I'm already doing it right now. You see my pay stub?" What would you do for free? Isn't it funny how I know a lot of people who make a lot of money, a lot of money, but they hate their job because they settled for a paycheck instead of their passion? Ooh, but if you do the thing you were created to do, nobody can pay you to do it, because you were born to do that thing. What would you do for free?
I'm blessed, I get to travel and I get to make a living from preaching, but if I didn't, this is all I would be doing. Like, this is all I got, this is all I know. Like, if I was in Australia by myself with nothing but kangaroos, this is what I'd be doing. I'd be like, "Hey, get that stuff out of your pouch. There's another level you can hop to, God has more for you, come on, you can do better than that."
What's your gift? What would you do for free? Here's another question: what do other people notice in you? Sometimes the people around us see things in us we don't even see in ourselves. Me growing up in church, I told you I was a church kid, I never wanted to be a preacher growing up. Never wanted to be a preacher. I wanted to be an actor. Be an actor, I figure I look like Denzel. Shut up.
But I wanted to be an actor, but I never forget doing a little devotion before my drama team went on stage, and my youth pastor saw me doing a devotion, he said, "I think God's going to use you to preach the gospel." I said, "I don't know what you're smoking, I'm going to Hollywood to be an actor." But he saw something in me at 13 that I didn't see in myself.
Here's another question: what frustrates you? Ooh, come on, somebody. Sometimes your frustration can be an indication to where your true gifting is. That's why I'm telling people all the time, when you come into church and something frustrates you, you don't understand, God might have put you there to be the answer to the frustration. Come on, sometimes you're anointed for what annoys you. Come on, if you walked in and you said, "Ooh, wait a minute, why did they sing that song? This is off key, they could have done this transition, duh duh duh duh ... " Hello! You're supposed to be on the praise and worship team! The rest of us didn't notice, we're tone deaf, we're just loving Jesus and worshiping. Well, if that's what you noticed, hello! You're supposed to be there.
If you walked in, you're like, "Oh, this event, this is crazy, this is so unorganized, they could have sent out a email six weeks ago about this, oh, this is just crazy! Why is this like this?" That's you, your OCD, and ... But you've got the gift of administration! You've got the gift of administration. Sometimes you are called to correct the thing you've been complaining about.