Monday, February 11, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 29 - Accepting Your Assignment

Into week 4 of The Purpose Driven Life. I hope this fourth purpose has the same impact on us as the other three seem to have made.

Don't forget that there are no prayer meetings this week in order to give people time to meet in Life Groups and continue processing all that God is saying to us. Instead we'll be having a combined prayer meeting for Hope08 at St Michael's Church, Warfield at 8pm on Thursday 28th February. Life Groups are free to meet on the Wednesday of that week, but I'd love to have a big crowd of us there on the Thursday, so please plan to come along if you can.

Hope you're having a great Monday and have a really good week.

Simon.

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You were put on earth to make a contribution!

“It is God himself who made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.” Ephesians 2:10 (LB)

You were created to serve God. “God has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10b (TEV) These “good deeds” are your service to the world. Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God and fulfilling one of your purposes.

You were saved to serve God. Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just immediately take us to heaven the moment we accept his grace? Once you are saved, God intends to use you for his goals. God has a ministry for you in his church and a mission for you in the world.

You are called to serve God. The Bible says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT) Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important.

You are commanded to serve God. The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “Who’s going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “Whose needs can I meet?” Do you ever ask that question? One day God will compare how much time and energy we spent on ourselves compared with what we invested in serving others.

3 comments:

sandra said...

The last few chapters have really spoken to me and reinforced where I'm at spiritually.

I've had to spend some time over that last year or so re evaluating what I was doing and why I was doing it and so what Simon said on Sunday about our motivations being right and our connection with God being our driving force confirmed what I had begun to realize myself.

Serving has always been a natural thing for me and so taking time out from ministry was a huge decision but I know now one I had to make to regain some good habits of spending time with God reading good stuff and resting in Gods presence. I had to learn to be patient and wait on Gods timing and not my own.

God has blessed me immensely with new challenges and I thank Him for the opportunities He is putting in my way of being a blessing to others. It's great to be part of a church that's intune with Gods plan.

Anonymous said...

after a chaotic weekend i found myself 2 days behind,,,,oh no....couldnt wait to get into it again this morning and enjoyed catching myself up to date

i echo what sandra has said about taking time out from serving to see what God is saying....

for many reasons i havent actually been fully engaged in much for last 2 years or so.....a bit of this...a bit of that....but since christmas i have felt a definite surge towards one area and this study has reinforced that i am hearing from God and that i am in the "right place at the right time for such a time as this"

i still feel as if God has much to do in me regards moulding my character(and dealing with temptations.) and i guess this new area of ministry will go a long way to refine me ..!!!!!

it was excellent to see the reception area after the meeting on sunday morning ...it was buzzing with lots of people asking about the areas to serve in...what a good idea...hope lots of folk get signed up for all the areas needed.....

irene m.

Anonymous said...

I was reading 'Having a Mary heart in a Martha world' by Joanne Weaver on the same day as this post and both used exactly the same Dead Sea illustration. Maybe God is trying to tell me something?!! I can recommend that book - it has some really good practical wisdom in there, talking about balancing time in the living room (in worship) and the kitchen (service). Only thing is it is definitely for women, which is a shame because there are some good bits for everyone in there!

-Eileen