How is God Shaping You?

Brian Tate, Guest Writer

When I was growing up, my grandfather always made things out of wood.  He wasn’t a carpenter by trade, but enjoyed doing it as a hobby.  He has always been very good at this.  I remember, as a boy, going into his workshop and looking at all his tools.  There were so many of them.  They were always in their special places.  He always knew exactly what tools to use to accomplish his goal.  I would make birdhouses, cabinets, and toys.  Now fast forward to the present, I have my own tools and enjoy trying to make things.  I look at my set of tools and realize that I have three hammers, two levels, and numerous screwdrivers.  I have a new hammer, my go-to hammer, and a hammer that my dad used.  I use these hammers at different times.  I use my go-to hammer all the time because it’s the one I am familiar with.  I use my new hammer when I hang out with people or want to show it off.  When my family is around, I may pull out the old hammer my dad used.  I have used all the hammers at one point.

Just like those hammers, God uses each of us in different ways.  I think of what Paul has said in 1 Corinthians and Ephesians.  In both letters, Paul describes the believers as the body of Christ.  He writes, “27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12).  He also writes, “4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” (Ephesians 4).

Just like my grandfather with his tools, God has a goal for humanity.  His goal is to provide a way for all mankind to be reconciled with Him, through belief in His Son.  He also expects to be glorified through it all.  God’s goal is going to be completed by God using believers.  Just like my grandfather used his tools, God knows which believer to use, at the right time to come closer to His goal.  God has given each of us abilities to show others His glory.  So how can God use me with the abilities that He has given me?  What is something that I do daily that I can use for the glory of God?  Paul writes that each member of the body is just important as the other.  So where do I fall into all of this?  If I want to find out which sport I like, I try one.  If I don’t like it, I try another one.  I keep doing this until I find one that I enjoy playing and feel like I am decent at it.

If you have no idea what ability God has blessed you with, then try something.  First and foremost, try serving.  What better place to grow your abilities than within the church?  We should always be patient and willing to help others grow and understand their abilities that God has given them.  So sign up for serving somewhere.  If you serve in one area and just do not enjoy it, then look for another area.  Keep trying it until you find that one area where God can use you and your ability to bring Him glory.  Seek to honor God and learn how to use your ability to help others in their relationship with Christ, as well as reaching others for Christ.

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