Only you can be you. We’ve all heard that a lot. But what about this: If you don’t make your unique contribution to the Body of Christ, it won’t be made. Hmm. That one got me thinking. And you know what? I like it. I really like it.
We’ve just learned that God made us all in our own unique ‘shape’, now we’re learning more about that shape. I kinda like the thought that no-one else can ever make the contribution or do the job I was made to do. That’s pretty cool. It’s the same for you. It’s the same for everyone on the planet; some choose to do it, others choose not to. The great thing about this is that God has also given us everything we need to fulfill His purpose for our life!
We’re up to ‘A’ in the SHAPE acrostic:
Applying Your Abilities: Your abilities are the natural talents you were born with. All our abilities come from God and every ability can be used for God’s glory. So, what I’m able to do, God wants me to do.
Using your Personality: It is obvious that God loves variety – just look around! He created each of us with a unique combination of personality traits. The bible gives us plenty of proof that God uses all types of personalities. Peter was a sanguine. Paul was a choleric. Jeremiah was a melancholy. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ temperament for ministry. Like stained glass, our different personalities reflect God’s light in many colours and patterns.
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 moulding you. In determining your shape for serving God, you should examine at least six kinds of experiences from your past:
- Family experiences: What did you learn growing up in your family?
- Educational experiences: What were your favourite subjects in school?
- Vocational experiences: What jobs have you been most effective in and enjoyed most?
- Spiritual experiences: What have been your most meaningful times with God?
- Ministry experiences: How have you served God in the past?
- Painful experiences: What problems, hurts, thorns and trials have you learned from.
It is this last category that God uses the most to prepare you for ministry. God never wastes a hurt!
I find all of this very encouraging. All my quirks, wonky and awkward bits, personality traits I wish I didn’t have – they’re deliberate! God knows what He wants me to do – I don’t. I’m learning to trust Him with that.
How about you? Do you like the idea that nobody else can do what you can? Drop a comment and share your thoughts.
So have a great weekend lovely readers! I’ll see you on the other side :o)
PLEASE NOTE: Quotations in this and other posts relating to The Purpose Driven Life (usually entitled Day:?) are sourced from The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren unless otherwise stated. This is an independant study and is based on my opinion and experience only. Copies of The Purpose Driven Life book are available for purchase from all good christian books stores, including Koorong. The first seven chapters of the book can be downloaded FREE from Rick Warren’s official site here.