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The Clues to Where You Should Be Serving

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Clues to Where You Should Be Serving
BY RICK WARREN — SEPTEMBER 26, 2015

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” (Proverbs 27:19 NIV)

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

The Bible says what is in your heart is what you really are: “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19 NIV). You are not what others think you are or what circumstances force you to be. Your heart is the real you. It determines why you say the things you do, why you feel the way you do, and why you act the way you do.

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. It’s amazing that out of all the billions of people who’ve ever lived, no one has ever had a heartbeat exactly like yours.

In the same way, God has given each of us a unique emotional heartbeat that races when we think about the subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest us. We instinctively care about some things and not about others. These are clues to where you should be serving.

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

When you were growing up, you may have discovered that you were intensely interested in some subjects that no one else in your family cared about.

Where did those interests come from? They came from God!

God had a purpose in giving you these inborn interests. Your emotional heartbeat is a key to understanding your shape for service. Don’t ignore your interests; consider how they might be used for God’s glory. There is a reason that you love to do those things.

Talk It Over

What subjects, activities, or causes are you passionate about? How are you making an investment in those things for God’s glory?
Consider the things you give most of your time to. How do they align with your emotional heartbeat?
Why do you think God wants you to be passionate about the ways you are serving him?
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  • LOULOUWLG403
    As CARI_JANE 1., I've always loved singing, that's one of my activities. I don't know if God calls this a activity that God gave me but I like to go & watch football games on TV, exercise. I feel He has inserted these in my body for my health. Also to make me healthy. Even when I watch football games on TV I'm hollering & up & down telling Peyton & Eli Manning to be careful not to get sacked. I used to sing at the
    Choir in my church, but due to the fact I was going to Las Vegas to visit with my Son every year, I quit the Choir. Also, like all church have church politics, so does the
    choir. The choir master had picks, I didn't believe in that. I still sing for God' Glory in
    the Congregation! I can't do sing on youtube like CARI_JANE does. 2.They help to
    keep me focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. My Lord & Savior. Without Him I could
    not make it through this awful world. 3. Because they bring Glory to Him & help me grown also!
    1980 days ago
  • CARI_JANE
    What subjects, activities, or causes are you passionate about? My greatest passion has always been singing. I love music and sing to a lot of youtube and cd's when I'm listening to them.

    How are you making an investment in those things for God’s glory? I always sing for God's Glory and share the Word of God online. I believe this is my calling at this time.

    Consider the things you give most of your time to. How do they align with your emotional heartbeat? They help to keep me focused on the Lord and continues to build my faith.

    Why do you think God wants you to be passionate about the ways you are serving him? Because they bring glory to Him, and share His Word to those around me and throughout the world.

    1980 days ago
  • LRJ115
    This is very helpful to me. I am 64 years old but am only learning my true calling, my gift that God has given me to edify his Glory.
    1980 days ago
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