S.H.A.P.E. (part 1) Everyone is called to served
Simply put, the Church is the collection of Jesus followers. You were not called to follow Jesus by yourself. Watch the video to learn a practical and functioning definition and description of what the Church is suppose to be.
DAY 13| S.H.A.P.E. (part 1)
Yesterday, you learned that everyone is called to serve.
Today, as we continue to learn how to love like Jesus, we share this truth:
Everyone has a unique S.H.A.P.E.
This acronym comes from pastor Rick Warren, and his book, Purpose Driven Life,
and it describes the different facets of one’s spiritual journey.
Our passage today comes from the letter the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. Paul describes the church as the “body” of Christ and how different body parts serve different functions.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
A spiritual gift can be defined as “an expression of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers which empower them to serve the body of Christ, the Church.”
A spiritual gift is an expression of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit works differently in the lives of Christians. This difference empowers people to serve others. Notice that spiritual gifts are not meant for selfish acts, but for the building up of the body. This is another reason what you need the church and the church needs you! Just as your foot would not function well with only pinky toes, so too, the church needs all kinds of people to do all kinds of ministry.
What are the different spiritual gifts and how can I discover my spiritual gifts?
Visit freeshapetest.com for an online test.
Purpose Driven S.H.A.P.E. Profile is attached to the end of this week’s devotional workbook.
Your heart represents what you are passionate about. Just as people have different spiritual gifts, so too, do people have different passions. When you match an area of passion with serving, you will find your emotional bucket gets filled while you are making a different in people’s lives. What are you passions?
Consider asking yourself these three questions:
What do you like to do?
Whom do you like to help?
What gets you fired up or breaks your heart?
Identifying your heart will help connect you where to serve. For example, some people love helping little children. For others, they can’t stand working with little kids. Thankfully, there are ministry opportunities for both types of people. Where’s your heart? What’s your passion? Answer the three questions above to find out where you can make a difference.