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Shaped for Serving God (4 of 6)
March 7, 2004
INTRODUCTION: Recently, Elvis' album of greatest hits has been the number one album in the nation, 25 years after the man died. Now, in spite of enormous success, Elvis was, according to friends and family, an unfulfilled and unhappy man. He died of obesity and drug dependency at age 42. 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. He just couldn't quite figure it out," said his wife. I don't want to make this mistake.
Eph 2:10 (NIV), "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
"workmanship" – you were made to make a contribution,
not just to consume. God made you to make a difference. And what matters is not how long you live, but how you live. What matters is not the duration of your life but the donation of your life. We're all meant to give something back. The Bible teaches we're created to serve, we're saved to serve, we're gifted by God to serve, and we're shaped to serve.
The "good works" of Eph 2:10 are God empowered evidences of salvation. We are commanded to serve God back.
Now, whenever God gives us an assignment to do something, He never gives it to us without equipping us first.
Job 10:8a (NKJV), "Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity."
Job 10:8 (NIV), "Your hands shaped me and made me."
"fashioned" – shaped; God uses different things to shape you;
1. Spiritual Gifts
God uniquely shapes you, different from anybody e ...
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