CHAPTER THIRTY: SHAPED FOR SERVING GOD

You were shaped to serve GOD.

Each of us was uniquely designed, or “shaped” ‘to do certain things.’

Before God created you, He decided what role He wanted you to play on earth. You are the way you are because you were made for a specific ministry. You are a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind original masterpiece. God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve Him in a way that makes your ministry unique.

“GOD doesn’t make junk.” – Ethel Waters.

God never wastes anything. He would not give you abilities, interest, talents, gifts, personality, and life experiences unless He intended to use them for his glory. By identifying and understanding these factors you can discover God’s will for your life.

Simple Acrostic: SHAPE.

HOW GOD SHAPES YOU FOR YOUR MINISTRY.

  • S-Spiritual gifts.
  • H-Heart.
  • A-Abilities.
  • P-Personality.
  • E-Experience.
  • SHAPE: UNWRAPPING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS. GOD gives every believer spiritual gifts to be used in ministry. Have you taken time to discover your spiritual gifts. An unopened gift is worthless. Your gifts reveal one key to discovering GOD’S will for your ministry, but your spiritual gifts are not the total picture. GOD has shaped you in four other ways too.
  • SHAPE: LISTENING TO YOUR HEART. Your heart represents the source of all your motivations- What you love to do and what you care about most. In the same way, GOD has given each of us a unique emotional ‘heartbeat’ that races when we think about the subject, activities, or circumstances that interest us. We instinctively care about some things and not about others.

These are clues to where you should be serving. Another word for ‘heart’ is ‘passion’.

There are certain subjects you feel passionate about and others you couldn’t care less about. Some experiences turn you off or bore you to tears. These reveal the nature of your heart.

Your emotional heartbeat is the second key to understanding your shape for service. Don’t ignore your interest. Consider how they might be used for GOD’S Glory.

There’s a reason that you love to do those things. GOD wants you to serve Him passionately, not dutifully. GOD wants you to serve Him and others.

Listening for inner promptings can point to the ministry GOD intends for you to have. How do you know when you are serving GOD from your heart? The first telltale sign is enthusiasm. When you are doing what you love to do, no one has to motivate you or challenge you or check up on you.

The second characteristic of serving GOD from your heart is effectiveness. Whenever you do what GOD wired you to do, you get good at it.

Perfection drives perfection.

Remember, the greatest things in life are not things. Meaning is far more important than money. Aim instead for “the better life”-serving GOD in a way that expresses your heart. Figure out what you love to do- what GOD gave you a heart to do- and then do it, for His Glory.

DAY THIRTY… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: You were shaped for serving GOD. VERSE TO REMEMBER: 1st Corinthians 12:6. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: In what way can you see yourself passionately serving others and loving it?πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

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