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Friday, October 2, 2015

Clues On Where I Should Be Serving

In review of Proverbs 27:19 it says,“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” 
 
Bottom Line:
Water will reflect your face, one’s life will reflect what’s really in the heart.

What this means to me:
As water or a mirror will reflect my face, my life will reflect what’s really important to me and what’s truly in my heart.

Scripture uses the term “heart” to describe my bundle of desires, hopes, interests, ambitions, dreams, and affections that I have. My heart represents the source of all my motivations; what I love to do and what I care about most. Even today, many use the word in this way when we say, “I love you with all my heart.”

This verse reminds me that what is in my heart is what I really am: “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19 NIV). I am not what others think I am or what circumstances force me to be. My heart is the real me. It determines why I say the things I do, why I feel the way I do, and why I act the way I do.

I’m told that physically, each of us has a unique heartbeat. Just as we each have unique thumbprints, eye prints, and voiceprints, our hearts beat in slightly different patterns. Interestingly enough no one has a heartbeat exactly like mine.

I’m learning that in the same way, God has given me a unique emotional heartbeat that races when I think about the subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest me. I instinctively care about some things and not about others. These are clues to where I should be serving.

Another word for heart is passion. There are certain subjects that I feel deeply passionate about and others that I couldn’t care less about. Some experiences turn me on and capture my attention, while others turn me off or bore me to tears. These reveal the nature of my heart, so listen for inner promptings that point to the ministry God intends for me to have.

When I was growing up, I quickly discovered that I was intensely interested in some subjects that no one else in my family cared about. Those interests came from God!

God had a purpose in giving me these inborn interests. My emotional heartbeat is a key to understanding my shape for service. I shouldn’t ignore my interests; instead I should consider how they might be used for God’s glory. There is a reason that I love to do them.

In summary, as water or a mirror will reflect my face, my life will reflect what’s really important to me and what’s truly in my heart. This morning I thank you God for giving me a unique set of interests and designing me to care for certain things. These give me clues on where I should be serving and helping out with. Given that my heart reflects what I love to do and what I care about most. Those things that interest me most are the ones I should continue to pursue and use for God’s glory. I have already taken some steps towards these with the new church we have decided to become part of.

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