Summary: About discovering the call of God for your life.
(The following message has drawn from Rick Warren’s message “Shaped for Serving
Does your life hold significance?
Does your life bear importance in this world?
As we conclude this series entitled ‘The Call’… that is the question I want to help settle
Significance - The quality of having importance or intended meaning (Encarta
Potential illus (any one of three below)
1. In the opening clip from the film THE EMPEROR’S CLUB": Kevin Cline portrays an
instructor of Western civilization in a prestigious private school. In the opening scene
he begins his first day of class introducing a quote by a figure who had made a great
conquest in earlier centuries… and invited the students to find what they can about
him. But as they begin flipping through their books… he adds… they won’t find
anything. That despite his conquest of an ancient land… noting is known of him.
Why… he proposes?
> Because AMBITION WITHOUT CONTRIBUTION IS INSIGNIFICANT.
2. For three weeks, Elvis’ album of greatest hits has been the number one album in
the nation, 25 years after the guy died! Now in spite of enormous success, Elvis was,
according to friends, an unfulfilled and unhappy man. He died of obesity and drug
dependency at 42. And in an interview with his wife, Priscilla, she said this about her
husband: “Elvis never came to terms with who he was meant to be or what his
purpose in life was. He thought he was here for a reason, maybe to preach, maybe to
serve, maybe to save, maybe to care for people. That agonizing desire was always
with him and he knew he wasn’t fulfilling it. So he’d go on stage and he wouldn’t have
to think about it.” Elvis didn’t have a clue where to begin to look. In a sense, he was
3. Saw program on the tragedy that can accompany welfare… unique is that it was
focused on children raised on welfare provisions.
> Essentially…. The second great question of human existence…significance… was
often left unanswered.
Of course it’s not just an issue of employment or economics. Many who are well
employed can feel the same quiet question: Do I have significance?… a unique
contribution to make?
If the enemy of our souls can’t keep you from the security of
discovering God loves you… he’s equally intent to keep you from
knowing your significance…. that God includes you in His purposes.
> There’s bad news for the enemy… God has significance for you…
"For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good
works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
You were created for significance…. to offer a unique contribution for the
purposes of God.
1 Peter 4:10 (LB)
“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use
them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of
Each of us… not just those in the front row… have been given special attributes
by God… favor in some special gifting….through which His grace to the world can
> You have been given the potential to have significance…. and it lies in how
your gifts are used to serve others.
Simple truth is that: “My significance involves serving God by
Now the Bible has a word for this, it’s called “MINISTRY”.
… an often misunderstood word. When I say the word “minister” most people think of
priest, pastor. They think of somebody who wears those funny collars, or a robe, and
talks like [close to microphone, in a deep voice, drawing out the word] “GOD”, and you
know, that kind of stuff!
But in the Bible the word “service” and “ministry” are the same word. And in the
Bible “servant” and “minister” are the same word. The Bible says that every person
who receives the life of Christ within them is a minister.
Now, not every believer is a pastor, but every believer is a minister.
Ministry simply means using my shape to help somebody else in the
name of God. Any time you use your talents, your abilities, your background, your
experiences to help somebody else, you know what that’s called? Ministering. And
you know what you are? You’re a minister.
So all of us are called to ministry.
1. I’ve been created for ministry!
"For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which
God prepared in advance for us to do." Eph. 2:10
2. I’ve been saved for ministry!
"It is He who saved us and chose us for his holy work, not because we deserved it
but because that was his plan long before the world began..." 2 Tim. 1:9 (LB)
Not saved to survive… or sit… but to SERVE.