Your Divine Design
- Monday, February 27, 2006
You are a paintbrush in God's hand. He is dipping you in multiple colors to showcase His artistry. And your spiritual gift is the evidence of what He has done. The problem is that many Christians don't even know what their primary spiritual gift is. Many of us spin our wheels for years trying to serve in areas we are not equipped to serve in. Occasionally we may have to serve wherever we are needed, of course, but normally we need to focus on the design God has for each of us. When we're confronted with a multitude of options, we need to know which ones we are gifted to do. Spiritual gifts are not choices on a salad bar. We can't just pick and choose which ones we want. I've done a lot of things in my life that were important and useful, but they did not bring me joy or bear much fruit. I had to discover that God sovereignly chooses the gifts that perfectly match the works He wants each of us to walk in. I had to understand the paintbrush He was using. You do, too. Discovering your divine design and living according to that design will produce evidence of the life of Christ in you. It certainly did for Jim. One of his estranged sons came to visit him after almost ten years of absence. He could hardly believe what he saw. It looked like his dad, but Jim was so different that his son wondered if he was putting on an act. The son came face to face with the reality of Jesus. Jim was not the same man. He was literally a new creature in Christ. That's what happens when people understand what they were designed for. Members of our church exercised their spiritual gifts, and they had a profound impact on Jim. Jim exercised his spiritual gifts, and he had a profound impact on the church and the community. He learned why God had made him and redeemed him, and he walked in the good works God had already planned. God wants a makeover for you that is just as extreme and powerful. He hasn't ordained a small sampling of good works for you to do. He has given you God-sized gifts for a God-sized reason. If you will learn what they are, you will grow in the purpose God planned just for you. Excerpted from the Your Divine Design DVD small group curriculum by Chip Ingram.
Used with permission. Copyright 2006 by Chip Ingram. All rights reserved. About the author: Chip Ingram is President of Walk Thru the Bible in Atlanta, GA, and Teaching Pastor of Living on the Edge, a national radio ministry.
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