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Friday, May 16, 2014

Why God Made Me Unique

In review 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:
They are my own people, and I created them to bring me glory.”

What this means to me:
This verse reminds me that I am one of his people, He created and formed me to bring him glory. SHAPE is an acrostic that talks about the five things that make me, me. SHAPE is the way God wired me for my life. 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. Any interest I have, I received from God. He wired it into me. If everyone liked to do the same things, there would be a lot less accomplished in the world. So God made me unique, and there’s nobody else like me. This matters:
1. Because my SHAPE reveals God’s purpose for me.
The way you find out what God wants me to do with my life is to discover how he shaped me. But here’s the thing: God won’t force me to do his plan. I can waste your life. I can use it on all kinds of personal, self-centered things and totally miss God’s plan and purpose for my life. In fact, most people do. That’s the tragedy. And that’s why they’re so frustrated! They’re trying to be something somebody else wants them to be rather than what God wants them to be.
2. Because your SHAPE equips me to serve God.
There is a life mission that God has for me that nobody else on this planet can do. Maybe I’ve missed that mission. Maybe I’ve missed serving God. If so, “start today. Make the rest of my life the best of my life.” God will never ask me to do anything in life that he hasn’t already given me the ability to do. So look at my abilities, realize that the things I’m good is what God wants me to do.
3. Because life is a test.
This life is preparation for the next life in Heaven. God indicates, “This is a test. I’m testing you to see what you will do with what you’ve been given on Earth. Based on that, I will determine what I give you 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. God smiles when he looks down and sees someone using the talents that he gave.  Because they are using them for His 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 me!