So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NLT)
I recently accepted the fact that my primary spiritual gift is that of Shepherd. In the past I discounted it mostly because I didn't understand it. I assumed Shepherds were soft and sweet and full of mercy. They can be, but mostly, they see God's followers with different eyes than most and they work to bring unity and love to the followers entrusted to them.
I have spent the last 5 years developing gifts that I perceived as more important or gifts that brought me more 'importance,' but in 2015 I am spending time developing my actual gifts.
To no surprise, as I opened myself up to the Holy Spirit's teaching, God is faithful to reveal today an area of growth - not in one verse, but in two.
He's challenged me to remember that I was a nothing when he rescued me and he has shown his glory in my life in amazing ways. And there are people all around me that I may dismiss, but he wants to do glorious things in their life that will draw thousands to him. If I will look at them with His eyes and plead with them on his behalf, He will do exceedingly more than I could ever ask or imagine!