"Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head of the body. Christ holds it together and makes all of its parts work perfectly, as it grows and becomes strong because of love." Ephesians 4:15-16, CEV
In the last post I discussed that all of us who claim faith in Jesus need to get busy. "Busy," you might say, "I'm already too busy. You've got to be kidding me." Well, hold on. I don't mean busy just doing any and everything but busy doing what God intends for us to do. You see, God has "Designer tasks" planned for each of us. How do I know? It's clearly spelled out in Ephesians, one of my favorite books in the Bible. It tells us about who God is and how he has created us, chosen us and uniquely designed each one of us. It also tells us that he has prepared good things for us to do. In fact, he has hand selected good tasks for us. God is the designer. He made us and he made the good things for us to do. Here's how Ephesians 2:10 puts it:
"God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing" (New Century Version).
So, how do we know what God has for us? Well, I believe that one important first step is to know our wiring. Who did God make us to be? In fact, at Semper Vita we believe in this so strongly that we advocate for everyone to discover their God-given wiring. To do that we use the Clifton StrengthsFinder, Myers-Briggs and Spiritual gifts assessments. I know that for me, discovering how God made me really helped me to focus on what God intends for me to do.
Know your part
The good news for all of us is that God only asks us to do our part. He's already at work in us and around us. He invites each one of us to join him in the work that he is already doing. And, he only asks each one of us to do the works that he prepared in advance for us to do. So, what is our part? How can we discover that? One key step is to ask God what he wants us to do. Part of that is looking around to see where he is already at work. Another key step is to understand who he made us to be so that we can better know what it is he asks us to do. It helps us to discover our purpose and to focus on the tasks designed for us.
Do your part
The next step is simple: Get busy and do your part. Once you know what God is asking you to do, just do it! If you're not sure, try out some different things and see where you sense God's pleasure. The results of getting busy in the right direction are obvious. It results in joy, peace, a sense of fulfillment, and lasting impact. This impact is what the Bible calls fruit.
So, how are you doing? Do you know your wiring? (If not, contact us to get started.) Do you know your part? Are you producing fruit? Please share your story of how God has designed you and how he has invited you to join him.