My first job was at Popeyes chicken. I went on my first day, and the owner met with me about his expectations of me as his employee. He was tasking me with taking care of a business he owned. When you work for someone, you are responsible for managing what they own. You look to them for instruction on what's expected of you. But if you are the owner, you look to yourself for those ideas and instructions. Psalms 24 tells us.
"The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him." - Psalm 24:1 NLT
Here we are giving a clear picture that we don't own anything. We are to be good stewards of what God entrusts to us. Adam was created by God and put on earth as the first steward of God's creation. Adam was not given the earth; he was given dominion over it.
Genesis 2:15 CSB "The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it."
Like Adam, we are to work and manage what God owns. That list includes the situations, people, jobs, gifts, abilities, and talents God gave you. When Jeremiah, the prophet, received his call from God to speak to the nation, he told God no. I'm too young, too inexperienced, Jeremiah argued, yet God did not remove his calling from Jeremiah's life. Instead, he reminds him of why he was made.
"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
God made you, just like Jeremiah, with a purpose in mind. That's part of why you have the gifts, abilities, and interests you do.
"Stewardship of your talents is your first responsibility. There is only one you, and you are unique as a snowflake. Know who God created you to be, then be yourself. - Larry Burkett
Let me encourage you today to pursue who God made you to be. When God speaks, your only responsibility is to obey. Trust that God will make way for his will to be fulfilled in your life.