There are so many things that I love about CedarCreek Church. The top reason? Nothing else in my life has helped me grow closer to God. Finding out how much I matter to him, how he has designed me for a higher purpose, and what that purpose is has been invaluable; I cannot thank CedarCreek enough!
My life was very dysfunctional. I have two failed marriages, two failed businesses, and I have done many other things in life that I have regretted. In coming to CedarCreek and getting involved, I realized that those things did not define me. I took the spiritual gifts assessment, which helped me see how God has created me to help others and the specific areas in which he had gifted me to do so.
Jesus tells a story in Matthew about a master and some servants. The master entrusted each of the servants with some money (interestingly called ‘talents’), and then he left. When he came back, each of the servants had chosen to do different things with what they were given. One was scared so he buried the money until the master came back. Another invested but played it safe so he wouldn’t lose anything. The third used the money to take big chances, and it paid off tenfold. Speaking to the third man, the master had high praise for him.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
CedarCreek helped me internalize this story. Jesus is the Master, and I am the servant. He has given me gifts, and it’s up to me to be faithful and give him a big return on his investment. I started writing for LivingItOut. I started tithing. I started serving and joined a small group where I made some great new friends. With the help of Celebrate Recovery, I was able to leave the past in the past and heal from my hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Then, I joined the women’s leadership ministry, SheLeads. What an incredible experience! I really started digging into God’s purpose for my life and what that looks like.
My life is still chaotic and messy, even after these eye-opening experiences. But, now I see the higher vision, the reason why it’s so important to give yourself away. I have had a wild ride, and I don’t think things will change much while I’m here on this crazy planet. What I know is that when it’s all over, I want to stand before the Master and have him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
How can looking at the gifts that God has given you help change the way you see yourself and your purpose in life?
How can using those gifts affect your journey through life?
Attend week three of GrowthTrack and take a spiritual gifts assessment.
Pray about how you could better use the top three gifts you have been given to impact those around you.
Start investing your resources and see how God can transform them to make an eternal difference!
Papa, thank you for giving me so much. Thank you for CedarCreek and the ways that this church invests in me and helps me see that you have created me with unique gifts for a higher purpose. Help me see how everything in my life is for your glory. Amen.
This post was written by Kelda Strasbourg. Kelda is a grateful member of the LivingItOut writing team. She has a love for Jesus and desire to help others find that same love.
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