Today, we continue the journey of the Purpose Driven Life. We are looking at Purpose 4 – You were shaped for serving.
We ar simply God’s servants….Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. (1 Corinthians 3 v 5 – 6)
Accepting you Assignment
It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. EPHESIANS 2:10 (LB)
I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do. JOHN 17:4 (MSG)
YOU WERE PUT ON EARTH TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.
You weren’t created just to consume resources — to eat, breathe, and take up space. God designed you to make a difference with your life. While many best-selling books offer advice on how to “get” the most out of life, that’s not the reason God made you. You were created to add to life on earth, not just take from it. God wants you to give something back. This is God’s fourth purpose for your life, and it is called your “ministry,” or service. The Bible gives us the details:
You were created to serve God
You were saved too serve God
You are called to serve God
You are commanded to serve God
Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. Most of the time we’re more interested in “serve us” than service. We say, “I’m looking for a church that meets my needs and blesses me,” not “I’m looking for a place to serve and be a blessing.” We expect others to serve us, not vice versa. But as we mature in Christ, the focus of our lives should increasingly shift to living a life of service. The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “Who’s going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “Whose needs can I meet?” Do you ever ask that question?
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan (adapted from the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren)