I was shaped for serving God
Following from yesterday’s topic on our assignment, we all as God’s creation have been shaped with a particular area of expertise. And before we were created our intended function and how we are to serve God was already determined and planned by God – [Eph. 2 vs. 10]. Each of us have been custom designed a one-of a kind original master piece carefully formed with a unique way to serve God – [Psalm 139 vs. 13 – 14; 16 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be]. This is why nothing that happens in our life is insignificant, as God uses it all to shape us for our individual service to Him. No ability, experience, gifts interest are waste as God intended to use them all for His glory [An example here, could be my very post here on blogger where I was asking if I had taking the wrong route. I am now assured that I couldn’t possibly have because it was all part of my shaping process]. So only by identifying and understanding them can I discover God’s will for my life.
Whenever God gives us an assignment, he always equips us with what we need to accomplish them with. The list of capabilities include: Spiritual gifts, our Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experience.
We as believers each have spiritual gifts that God has given to us – [Rom. 12 vs. 4 – 8; 1 Corinth. 12; Eph. 4 vs. 8-15; 1 Corinth. 7 vs. 7 – I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that; 1 Corinth.2 vs. 14 – The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned]. We did not earn these gifts [Eph. 4 vs. 7 – But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it] neither did we choose them, God gave them according to how He shaped us – [1 Corith. 12 vs. 11 – All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines; 1 Corith. 12 vs. 29 – 30].
And the gifts were given to us for the benefits of others, just as theirs are given for my benefit – [1 Corith. 12 vs. 7 – Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good]. This is why it is important to discover our gifts so that others are not cheated. Also so that we are not dissatisfied with what God has given us and become resentful or jealous of how God uses others – 1 Corinth. 12 vs. 5 – There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. However our gifts are not the total picture of what God has given to us.
The other is our heart, which motivates our hope, interest, ambition, dreams and affections we have [Prov. 27 vs. 19 – As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man]. It our heart that reveals us, determines why we say the things we say and do, how we feel and act, and not what others think of us [Matt. 12 vs. 34; Prov. 4 vs. 23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life]. This is why we are unique from each other. The nature of our heart is revealed through what we are passionate about, experiences or activities that turn us on and captures our attention, or circumstances that interest us – not to ignore our interests, but to consider how they might be used for God’s glory, because there is a reason why we love and have them in the first place. This reason being to used them to serve God with all our hearts, passionately and dutifully – [Deut. 11 vs. 13; 1 Sam. 12 vs. 20; Rom. 1 vs. 9; Eph. 6 vs. 6 – Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart]. To use our natural interest to serve Him, as people rarely excel at tasks they don’t enjoy doing or feel passionate about.
Lessons learnt on Day 30
Not to settle for achieving the life others perceive as good, but for the better life for which God has given us gifts, interest, experience and circumstances to motivate and keep us focused on. Because there is a reason why we feel passionate about them and only through use of them can we express our heart, the heart God gave us to serve Him for His glory.