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Summary: There are several building blocks that God will use in your life to prepare you to serve Him effectively and to make an impact on others for Christ.

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Built To Serve God (Part 2)

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Introduction:

1. The Bible is quite clear. Nobody is saved from the penalty of sin by being good enough. We are saved by God’s grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

2. You were created by God as a new person in Christ for the purpose of doing good works. God desires to fully equip you to serve Him and do good works for Him.

2 Timothy 2:21, 3:17

3. God likens the body of Christ to a building (Ephesians 2:21), and each of us are bricks in that building (Ephesians 2:22). You have been built to serve God!

4. There are several building blocks that God will use in your life to prepare you to serve Him effectively and to make an impact on others for Christ.

First building block: your past

Second building block: your heart

1. When the Bible talks about the heart, it is not referring to the organ inside of you that is pumping blood. Your heart is the real YOU! It is not the person that people perceive you to be, but it is who you really are in your innermost being.

2. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus said to love God with “all your heart.” Proverbs 23:7 exclaims that as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

3. The heart refers to the seat of your emotions, your mind, your desires, and your passions.

4. Have you ever noticed how one believer can be passionate about a certain subject, and another believer is not as passionate, but has a burden for another area of service? Why is this? After all, they both love God and want to serve God. So, why are they so different?

• It is because each of us has a heart that is unique to us. No two people’s hearts will be absolutely identical.

• As we come to understand this truth, it will help us to not be so critical of others, and not to get our feelings hurt when others aren’t as excited as we are about certain things.

5. Some people make the Christian life very spooky and mysterious. They say you must seek God’s “perfect will” about where and how you should serve the Lord.

• Of course they then look for some sort of “signs from God” to reveal His “perfect will” to them, or they look for some sort of inner promptings from God. They are listening for that “still small voice.” Do you know who that voice sounds like? YOU!

6. If you are walking with the Lord daily, you don’t have to fear making decisions and following your desires. Your desires are synonymous with your heart. If your heart is following after God and His Word, your desires won’t be sinful or wrong.

• Let me give you an example. How does a person know if he should be a pastor? Do you look for signs and look for God to “speak to you?” No! Let me shock you. Read 1 Timothy 3:1.

• It’s a desire! You love God’s Word, you love studying it, you love teaching it, and you say to yourself, “I’d like to do this with my entire life and being.” Then you start preparing and working towards that. It’s that simple.


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