What an exciting weekend we have coming up as we recognize the graduates at MCC! I love being part of a Church that continues to train, equip and encourage the next generation. It is my hope that each of them recognize what is being poured into them and seek do the same for others in their lives.
Last week we discovered the five factors that make up our unique SHAPE that David referred to as "wonderfully complex". Those five factors are Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences. This week we turn to the subject of not only accepting this unique shape that God has given me, but how to enjoy it and use what God has given me for the purposes he has in mind.
Since God knows what’s best for us, we can gratefully accept the way he crafted and fashioned us. The Bible many times describes God as the potter and we are His clay. What right does the clay have to look back at the potter and questions its shape? Surely the potter can do what He likes with His clay.
Instead of trying to reshape ourselves to be like someone else, we can celebrate the shape God has given only to us.
Ephesians 7:9 (TLB) “Christ has given each of us special abilities—whatever he wants us to have out of his rich storehouse of gifts.”
Now this is the part where I am going to make a hard contrast to what normally is said to a graduate. But I promise you that if you apply this truth to your life, you will truly find the freedom that God offers to you and remove yourself from the chains of never being good enough.
Accepting our shape, requires recognizing our limitations.
Nobody is good at everything, and no one is called to be everything. The saying “you can be whatever you set your mind to”, sound really good and I commend the hard work that goes into this. But if what if what you want to be isn't what God crafted you to be? Paul, a man saved by God’s grace and sent into the world to proclaim Christ, understood that his calling was not to accomplish everything or please everyone but rather to focus only on the unique ministry that God had shaped him for.
He says this in the letter found in 2 Corinthians 13 “We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us” (NLT)
Just as each runner in a race is given a different lane to run in, we must individually run with the patience in the specific race that God has laid before us. We must not become envious of the runner in the lane next to ours but rather we must focus on running with what God has given and seek to finish the race well.
Jesus teaches us this truth through powerful parable found in Matthew 25 : 14 - 30. I look forward to breaking down with you this weekend as you come and Discover your S.H.A.P.E on Saturday night at 5:30P or Sunday Morning at 10:30A