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Monday, August 5, 2013

You Were Made for God's Glory

In summary of Isaiah 43:7 it says, “Bring to me all the people who are mine, whom I made for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

Bottom line:
We are God’s own people, and He created us to bring him glory.

What this means to me:
God wants me to come to him, I am part of his family and can be recognized to be part of his family.  God created me for a purpose, which will ultimately bring Him glory.  God has wired me a certain way.  Every area of my life is influenced by the way I’m shaped.  Spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, experiences — these are the five things that make me, me. In that combination of spiritual gifts, I have heart, passion, and interests. I have these interests because God gave them to me.  He wired it into your system. I am unique, there’s no one else like me.  This matters because:
1. My SHAPE reveals God’s purpose for me.
The way I find out what God wants to do with my life is to discover how he shaped me. God won’t force me to do his plan. Which means I can waste my life. I can use it on all kinds of personal, self-centered things and totally miss God’s plan and purpose for my life.
2. My SHAPE equips you to serve God.
There is a life mission that God has for me that nobody else on this planet can do. If I have missed it so far, its not too late to “start today.”  I can make the rest of my life the best of your life.” God will never ask me to do anything in life that he hasn’t already given me the ability to do. So when I look at my abilities, I can say that  “I’m good at that. That’s what God wants me to do.”
3. Because life is a test.
This life is preparation for the next life in Heaven. God says, “This is a test. He’s testing me to see what I’ll do with what I’ve been given on Earth. Based on that, He will determine what He give me to do in Heaven for eternity.”
4. Because it shows God’s glory.
When I use my SHAPE and I do what God made me to do, it not only feels good, but it also makes God smile. Iranaeus was a great Christian leader in the first century who said, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” You know what makes God smile? When he looks down and sees someone using the talents that God gave him for God’s glory.
Isaiah 43:7 says, “Bring to me all the people who are mine, whom I made for my glory, whom I formed and made” (NCV). If I didn’t bring glory to God, I wouldn’t be alive. God made me to enjoy you!

I need to use what God has gifted me to do to serve him and others.  When I do, I’ll bring glory to him.  If I ignore this, then I’ll miss out on what God had for me to do.