Alignment: Don’t Bury Your Gifts
We have all been at a place in our lives where we have felt unfulfilled, empty, and hopeless. These are the side effects of misalignment. There is an internal ache to know why we are here. We all have a specific assignment to fulfill. This article addresses the importance of knowing our assignment and being properly positioned to achieve the purpose we were given by the Creator.
In order to wholly fulfill our assignment, we must be aligned with God’s plan for our lives.
The Webster dictionary defines alignment as an arrangement in a straight line, or in correct or appropriate relative positions. A position of agreement or alliance.
Strong’s Concordance (#498) Alignment: (antitássomai), a very old military term, was used for placing a soldier in a specific platoon (with a specific function) – i.e. in a definite order to attack or resist. It is used in ancient times of organized resistance, like an army assuming a specific battle-array position to resist in “full alignment”; to disagree (oppose) intensely.
When we come into alignment with the Father by using our gifts, we become like a soldier placed in the right position, at the right time in order to resist the things in this world.
Ephesians 4:11 lists specific ministries in the church that God has sanctioned for equipping and preparing the church for service in the battle of life. Those are: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We have a responsibility to pray and seek out proper alignment so that, as a body, we can grow to our full potential.
In Acts 1, the scene is set, you can imagine Jesus’ followers are heartbroken, discouraged and wondering how they could manage life on earth without their fearless leader. To paint a picture, the atmosphere is still intense for his disciples. The Apostles are given specific instruction to wait for the comforter; Acts 1:4-5 Jesus tells his disciples,
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the ‘gift’ my father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
As promised, the day had come and they were gathered in one place and the fire of the Holy Spirit fell on them. This infilling of the spirit marked the start of the Church, but we also see God’s heart to equip and align His sons and daughters. This gift that he left our forebearers is alive and well on the inside of those who chose to forsake the ways of this world and dedicate their lives to Christ.
Complete alignment comes when we do this.
As Christ followers we are called to lay our sinful nature and habits down daily. To lay our lives down is to live in alignment with the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God has freely given us talents and gifts to use to benefit the body of Christ and impact the world we live in. Have you properly invested in and stewarded the gifts God has entrusted to you? Or have you buried your gifts?
In the parable of the talents in (Matt. 25:14-30), the master entrusts his “wealth” to his servants. When he does this, you get the sense through scripture that the servants understand the weight of this responsibility. He gave one servant five bags of talents, one servant two bags and another servant one bag. (Matt. 25:15) The man who received five bags of talents (gold) put it to work right away and gained five more bags. The man with two bags also gained two more, but the man who was given one bag, dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.
The master hoped for some gain from his servant’s stewardship. Upon his arrival he finds that he has two faithful servants and one servant who took the easy way out and played it safe. The two servants who invested their talents wisely were given a great reward and the one who played it safe was not rewarded and was considered unfaithful.
In this we see that God’s endowment of gifts on each person, is valued greatly to him and should be to us as well.
(#1822.) Equip: (exartizó), means to “make suitable” or properly fitted (because fully suitable) because all the parts work together.
Romans 12:8-11 says, “We have been given these grace gifts to walk in full alignment with the father. 1 Cor.12:8-11 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as He determines.”
All too often we see our gifts as disposable and abuse our choice to use them or not.
On the contrary, they are vital to us fulfilling our purpose and being aligned. Whether you identify with the gifts listed above or find yourself with another assignment, it is important to note that God has a plan for you that is as unique as your fingerprint. When they are fully engaged our gifts bring joy, hope and excitement to our journey.
Be encouraged that as you take brave steps towards alignment you are on an adventure of a lifetime.
Kirstie is a freelance artisan whose heart is to impact her realm of influence with the gifts God has given her. She is a wife, mom, songwriter, advocate for women and anyone experiencing injustice. She believes that the ministry of reconciliation is what her family is called to display. Kirstie is a graduate student at Wheaton College and hopes to use her experiences to train, equip and contend for revival in the next generation.