This week, we continue with the “Purpose Driven Life” and we are looking at Purpose Four – You were shaped for serving God.
Understanding your shape
You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139 v 13)
ONLY YOU CAN BE YOU.
God designed each of us so there would be no duplication in the world. No one has the exact same mix of factors that make you unique. That means no one else on earth will ever be able to play the role God planned for you. If you don’t make your unique contribution to the Body of Christ, it won’t be made.
The Bible says, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts … different ways of serving … [and] different abilities to perform service.”
We have looked at your spiritual gifts and your heart. Now we will look at the rest of your SHAPE for serving God.
SHAPE: Applying Your Abilities
Your abilities are the natural talents you were born with. Some people have a natural ability with words: They came out of the womb talking! Other people have natural athletic abilities, excelling in physical coordination. Still others are good at mathematics or music or mechanics. When God wanted to create the Tabernacle and all the utensils for worship, he provided artists and craftsmen who were shaped with the “skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts to make artistic designs … and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.” Today God still bestows these abilities and thousands of others, so people can serve him. All of our abilities come from God and we can use every ability for God’s Glory.
SHAPE: Using Your Personality
Like stained glass, our different personalities reflect God’s light in many colors and patterns. This blesses the family of God with depth and variety. It also blesses us personally. It feels good to do what God made you to do. When you minister in a manner consistent with the personality God gave you, you experience fulfillment, satisfaction, and fruitfulness.
SHAPE: Employing your Experiences
You have been shaped by your experiences in life, most of which were beyond your control. God allowed them for his purpose of molding you. You can use your experiences to help those around you.
As we have looked at these five ways God has shaped you for service, I hope you have a deeper appreciation for God’s sovereignty and a clearer idea of how he has prepared you for the purpose of serving him. Using your shape is the secret of both fruitfulness and fulfillment in ministry. You will be most effective when you use your spiritual gifts and abilities in the area of your heart’s desire, and in a way that best expresses your personality and experiences. The better the fit, the more successful you will be.
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan (adapted from the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren)