Got this beautiful reminder from The Purpose Driven Life book and thought of sharing it . The topic is about being shaped to serve God in the ministry and how to focus on what we should be doing here on earth.
- You were put on earth to make a contribution.
- God designed you to make a difference with your life. To add “life” on earth, not just take from it.
You were created, saved, called, and commanded to serve God
- Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work. Jer. 1:5
- God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God. 1 Cor. 6:20
- We don’t serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of joy, and deep gratitude for what he has done for us.
- A saved heart is one that wants to serve.
- We are healed to help, blessed to be a blessing and saved to serve…not just wait for heaven.
You were shaped to serve God
S- Spiritual gifts
H- Heart (Passion, effectiveness)
A-Abilities (talents, things you can do)
E-Experience (family, education, vocation, spiritual, ministry, pains)
Find your shape. These things will lead you to what you love doing most and using those gifts to help the group, church, work, organization you are in.
Be available to serve
Act like a steward, not the master/owner. Don’t boss over everyone. Help them. Lift them up. Even if you are the best in your field, if you are not always approachable and available, then how can those skills and gifts be used?
Pay attention to needs
- Think more of others than yourself.
- Think of ministry as an opportunity, not an obligation.
Do your best with what you have
- Serve with excellence. Always give your best shot.
- Think of your work, not others’ work. Don’t compete, don’t criticize.
Be faithful to the ministry
- Be faithful to God through your ministry.
- He who is faithful in small things will be faithful when entrusted with great things.
- Don’t think of your ministry as small. It is always a place where your skills can develop and improve and that is where you are being prepared for greater use.
- Base your identity in Christ.
- Remember that you are being empowered. You don’t own it all.
- You give back the thanks to the one who has been strengthening you all this time.
We are weak…yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you. 2 Cor. 13:4
Here’s a very beautiful piece about the difference between job and ministry from this Praxis.
Ministry or Job?
If you are doing it because no one else will, it’s a job.
If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a ministry.
If you are doing it just well enough to get by, it’s a job.
If you are doing it to the best of your ability, it’s a ministry.
If you will do it only so long as it doesn’t interfere with other activities, it’s a job.
If you are committed to staying with it, even when it means letting go of other things, it’s a ministry.
If you quit because no one praised you or thanked you, it was a job.
If you stay with it even when no one seems to notice, it’s a ministry.
If you do it because someone else said it needs to be done, it’s a job.
If you do it because you are convinced it needs to be done, it’s a ministry.
It is hard to get excited about a job.
It is almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry.
People may say, “Well done,” when you do your job.
The Lord will say, “Well done,” when you complete your ministry.
An average church is filled with people doing jobs.
A great church is filled with people involved in ministry.
It applies to everything we do as an individual. For moms like me- Motherhood: taking care of the husband, kids, household is one of our greatest ministries.
What hinders you from getting involved in a ministry? Take time to pray and ask God to lead you in the ministry he want you to serve.
Purpose Driven Life:
1. You were made for God’s pleasure (Worship)
2.You were formed for God’s family (Fellowship)
3.You were created to be like Christ (Discipleship)
4.You were shaped for Serving God (Ministry)
5. You were made for a Mission (Sharing God)
Here’s a great video of Psalty the Singing Songbook and Charity Mouse about Using our Gifts. Just love how simple but on point this story is.
*The characters may be creepy for the kids(of this generation who are used to cute things), but the songs and lines are just great.
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