It’s Not For You, Jen

It’s important to be aware of what our strengths and capabilities are, however, let’s not be limited by them.

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Reference: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I often pick up sayings from shows and bring them into my every day conversation. One of these such sayings is, “It’s not for you.”

This is from the IT Crowd when the sole female character goes for a job designed for a male. Everyone who knows the job keeps telling her, “It’s not for you, Jen” but she is not to be deterred. She goes for the job, gets it and then has to work hard to prove she can do it.

So now, every time someone in my life asks for something they can’t have, I reply, “It’s not for you, Jen!”

Application: It’s important to be aware of what our strengths and capabilities are, however, let’s not be limited by them.  People often box us into particular roles and, while they may not say the exact words, we hear them saying, “It’s not for you, Jen.”

The Apostle Paul had a very anti-Christian past. He was vocally against Jesus and supported believers’ deaths.

But when it came to being an advocate for God, He didn’t look at Paul and say, “It’s not for you.” Instead, God embraced Paul’s passion and gave him the opportunity to use it for good.

The Bible shows us that God is very open-minded. He sees the potential in us rather than restricting us to how the world may perceive us, or even how we perceive ourselves.

Let’s not be boxed into a category that people assume we will fit, but love in the freedom and the opportunity only God can bring.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for seeing more in me than even I can see. May I live up to Your potential rather than limiting myself to the world’s potential. Amen.

What is your God-given potential?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.