“Your hands formed and shaped me…” Job 10:8a (GN)
“He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph. 2:10
From the very beginning God has had a plan for you, a plan that involves YOU being involved in his Kingdom work! The good things God planned for you to DO is determined by the person God has made you to BE. Your God-given SHAPE determines your God-given ministry.
The “H” in SHAPE is your HEART BEAT.
“For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose…” Revelation 17:7
The Bible uses the term “heart” to represent the center of your passions and desires. God has a purpose in giving you your inborn passions — to serve him! A word of caution: your heart was designed by God, but you make the choice to use it for good or evil, for selfish purpose or for service.
You may have ”selfish ambition in your hearts…” (James 3:14) or you may ”serve the Lord with all your heart.” (1 Samuel 12:20) and “do the will of God from your heart.” (Ephesians 6:6).
Surrender yourself to God and yield your desires to him, and ask yourself…
- What do I love to do and did well?
- What are my accomplishments at school, home, work, etc.?
- About what issues do I care deeply?
- Do I have a special interest in a specific age group?
Once you’ve answered these questions, look for common threads that run through your list and find a way to express that “heart beat” in the life of the church. Doing so will please the Lord, benefit others, and give you joy.