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Shaped to Serve
- August 21, 2014
- Posted by: LSEM
- Category: Devotions
Ephesians 2:20-We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
The word workmanship means we were designed and molded by God for a purpose. We were made to make a contribution in this earthly life. God made us to make a difference. How we live is much more important than how long we live. The Bible says we’re created to serve, we’re saved to serve, we’re gifted to serve, we’re shaped to serve. Now, whenever God gives us an assignment to do something, He equips us first. Job 10:8 says, “Your hands shaped me and made me.” God made each of us unique and our uniqueness is not for your benefit. 1 Pet. 4:10, “Each of us should use whatever gift he’s received to serve others.”
Our talents are not about us, but about God. Our purpose in life is to be what God made us to be. And He gave each of us gifts, talents, abilities, background and experiences for the benefit of other people, to be used to serve others. We were created to serve God and the way we serve God is by serving others. Now, there are some who want to serve God; but they just don’t want to serve others. But to serve God IS to serve others!
So as long as God allows us to live in this world, we will serve Him. We may retire from our job someday, but we’ll never retire from ministry. We’ll never retire from service because God wants us to serve all of our life. What should motivate us is what God has done for us in forgiving us. If God never does another thing for us, He’s done enough!
God brought us into this world, into your own individual ministry for a reason. The fact is, God wants to use you. What a thrill it is to be used by God and to know we are His chosen! “You Are Shaped To Serve!” Amen!
A devotion by Rev. Jeffrey P. Howell – Director, Programs and Services