Knowing Your Shape
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10
Believers who are born again by having faith in the Gospel Truth of Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection are filled with the Holy Spirit. God takes great pleasure to uniquely shape us to fulfill a specific assignment. We are created to make a difference in our generation.
God sovereignly determines our shape for His purpose. We should not resent or reject it. What God made us to BE determines what God intends for us to DO. Anyway, what right do we have to cross examine God? In fact, the pot has no right to say to the potter, “why did you make me this shape?” Surely a potter can do what he likes with the clay!
Instead of trying to reshape ourselves to be like someone else, we should celebrate the shape God has given us. Wise stewardship begins by knowing our shape.
We will be most effective when our spiritual gifts and abilities are best expressed through our personality and experiences.
Dear beloved at NCCkl, we are a composite of many different factors, summarized in the acrostic, S.H.A.P.E
Spiritual Gifts 1Cor 12; Rom 8; Eph 4
The Bible teaches that God gives certain spiritual gifts to us when our faith is rested on God’s righteousness to be used in the ministry. Until we actually get involved in serving, we are not going to know what gift God has endowed us.
Heart Matt 12:34; Ps 34:7; Prov 4:23
The Bible uses the term “heart” to represent the centre of our motivation, desires, interest and inclinations. Our heart determines why we say the things we do, why we feel the way we do and why we act the way we do. Another word for heart is passion. There are certain subjects that we feel passionate about and others that we are not excited. God had a purpose in giving us our inborn interest. We should not ignore our natural interest and drives. We rarely excel at task that we don’t enjoy doing. High achievers usually enjoy what they do.
Abilities Exo 31:3; 1 Cor 12:5
The Bible denotes that abilities are natural talents that we are born with. Some have natural ability with words while others are good with numbers. The common excuses people give for not getting involved in the ministry is “I just don’t have any abilities to offer” Nothing could be further from the truth. Many studies have proven that an average person possesses 500 to 700 abilities! These abilities are not be wasted but used for God’s glory.
Personality 1 Pet 2:9; Job 10:8a; 1 Cor 2:11a
The Bible declares that God has not used human tools to create people. There are varieties of people with distinct personalities. There are introverts and extroverts. Some love routine and others love variations. Some work best when are given individual assignments while others work better as a team. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ temperament for ministry. We need all kinds of personalities to balance the church and give it flavor. NCCkl would be a very boring place if all of us love plain vanilla. When we master in a manner that is consistent with our personality, we are bound to experience fulfillment, satisfaction and fruitfulness. It feels good when we do exactly what God made us to do.
Experiences Rom 8:28; Heb 5:12-13
The Bible does not promote wastage of our personal experiences. Our educational, vocational, spiritual or practical daily happenings can influence the kind of ministry we are best shaped for. Our experiences that are already sanctified by the Word of Truth is essential to lift the church to a higher level in Christ. It is a critical outpost for advancing God’s Kingdom. Each of us have a role to play and every role is important. There is no small or insignificant service to God.
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