Summary: God has uniquely shaped each of His children to serve Him by serving others.
Today going to look at God’s fourth purpose for your life: You were Shaped to Serve God.
The word, “workmanship,” can be translated, “masterpiece.” Notice, the Bible says that through faith in Christ, that is what you already are. In other words, everything you need to succeed in whatever God has in mind for you to do is within you already. Now, this doesn’t mean we don’t have things to learn, or than we don’t have some growing to do. Obviously, that is the case. But the raw material that God has in mind to use in our serving Him while we are on this planet is already there.
“Your hands shaped me and made me.” - Job l0:8 (NIV)
There are five things that are unique to each of us - Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. Those five things make you different from anybody else, for a purpose. And that purpose is to serve God. And the way we serve God is by serving others.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others . . .” - 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Now the Bible has a word for this, it’s called “ministry.” And, like worship, fellowship and discipleship, this is a misunderstood word. When I say, “minister” some think of a priest or pastor. Someone who wears a collar or robe, and says, “Jay-sus-ah!” But the Bible says every believer is a minister. Not every believer is a pastor, but every believer is a minister. Ministry simply means using my God-given shape to help someone else in His name. Any time you use your gifts, passions, abilities, personality or experiences to help somebody else, you’re involved in ministry - you are a minister.
Remember that life is preparation for eternity! What God wants you to do while you’re here is practice what you're going to do in heaven forever. One of the things you’re going to do in heaven is serve God and serve others; and what God wants you to do is practice!
A man was given a vision of heaven and hell. When he saw hell, he saw people sitting around a banquet table, full of food, but they were all starving and miserable. When he asked why, he was told it was because they were having to eat with 10 foot long chop sticks, and couldn’t reach their mouths with the food. In heaven, he was shocked to see the same thing, except the people there were well fed and happy. When he asked why the difference, he was told the people in heaven feed one another.
Now God not only created us for service, He gave us a model. He came to earth Himself in the person of Jesus and said:
“. . . the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others . . .” - Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
What does it mean to serve like Jesus?
1. Serving Like Jesus Means Being Available.
In fact, shortly after Jesus made the previous statement about being a servant, He demonstrated the principle of availability:
“Two blind men were sitting beside the road. And when they heard that Jesus was coming their way, they shouted, ‘Lord and Son of David, have pity on us!’ When Jesus heard them, he stopped and asked, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’” - Matthew 20:30; 32 (CEV)