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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Learning To Serve Based On My Design, Not Out Of Duty

In summary of Romans 12:3b it says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be honest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you.

Bottom Line:
With humility, be honest in your estimate of yourselves.

What this means to me:
I should not think more highly of myself than I should.  I need to be humble.  I need to be honest in my assessment of myself.  I should do that all by the amount of faith God has given me.  I can get myself into trouble when I’m moving really fast.  When I do, I don’t have time to really listen to the heart God has given me.  He wants me to look at what I’m made to do, and then I’ll know what he wants of me. But in order to know this, I need to slow down.  I need to stop speeding without direction.  Part of Romans 12:3 says, “Be honest in your estimate of yourselves” (NLT).  I need to spend alone time with God and ask, “What do I love to do? What do I dream of doing? What fascinates me? What can I talk about, think about, and study all day and not get bored? Where have I been most effective in my life?”  I need to serve God out of my design and the way he shaped me. I serve God not out of duty but because I love him. When I do what he wired me to do, it will bring glory to him.  I should strive to serve him out of delight and gratitude. I’ll need to make time to do a careful exploration of who I am and the work I’ve been given.  In summary, be humble and slow down.  Evaluate my passions and gifting.  Serve from these.