Throughout the Discover Me series, we have been talking about discovering who we are in light of who God is and how He has purposed us. The reality is that God made you personally and uniquely for a reason. Ultimately, that purpose was to bring Glory to His name, which is done in how we worship Him and serve Him. John Piper writes, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” Fullness does not come from the things of the world, but in fulfilling the purpose and specific assignment that God has for us.
This weekend, we shift gears in our series so that we can begin to discover our shape – the unique way in which God made you in order that you might fulfill the purpose and complete the assignment that He has for you. You were built with a custom combination of capabilities that allow you to do exactly that which God has purposed you. You have unique Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. All of these things work together so that you can serve God.
Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at each of these areas in some way, but this week, we have to start with Step 1, which is accepting the assignment that God has for you. In Acts, Chapter 9, we read about a man named Saul (aka Paul) who would become one of the most influential ministers of the Gospel that has ever been. In fact, half of the New Testament was written by this man who was personally responsible for establishing several of the first churches in multiple countries.
What’s interesting about Paul is that he once believed that his assignment from God was to tear down the Christian movement by imprisoning and even executing those who followed Jesus. In fact, Luke records here in Acts that he was on his way to deliver letters to the synagogues in Damascus that would allow him to arrest Christians and take them back to Jerusalem. But on his way, he has an encounter with the resurrected Christ that alters the trajectory of the rest of his life. In this encounter, Jesus gives him his actual assignment. He says, “This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15). Paul devoted the rest of his life to doing what Jesus commanded him.
Before Paul could go forward on that road he had to take the first step. For you and me, our first step is to say “Yes” to the assignment that God has for us. In order to do that, there are four things that you need to understand about your assignment:
You were created to serve God. Paul would later write, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Contrary to what the world might tell you, you are not here simply to consume resources and take up space. You were created for a purpose, and that purpose is to serve the one who created you and fulfill the assignment that he ordained for you well in advance.
You were saved to serve God. “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16) Every single person is a slave to something. God has saved us from slavery to sin so that we might serve Him by doing the very things that we were created to do.
You are called to serve God. While we, like Paul, were not called through a face-to-face encounter with the resurrected Christ, God has uniquely called each of us into his service. To be called means to be set apart for a purpose. Peter wrote, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) Ultimately, by doing the things that you are called to do, you are bringing glory to God.
Finally, You are commanded to serve God. It is impossible to say, “No, Lord.” If you’re saying “No” then He is not your Lord. If He’s your Lord, then you must say “Yes.” Jesus said, “You attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28, LB).
Paul accepted the assignment that Jesus gave him. He not only said “Yes” on the road to Damascus, but he continued to say “Yes” every time the Lord gave him a new place to go and preach. His primary assignment was to be obedient to the tasks that God ordained for him. In so doing, he was eventually able to preach in Rome, the capital of the Gentile world.
What about you? Have you said “Yes” to God? Consider these questions:
What purpose of God am I fulfilling when I serve others today?
What specific opportunities has God given me to serve the people around me?
What is holding me back from accepting God’s call to serve him.
Join us this weekend as we dig deeper. Saturday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AM.