Romans 12:4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:
I am in the beginning stages of applying Romans 12-16- Today is #2:
2) Find my shape and use my gift. God made you good at something.. find it and use it for Him. I will talk later about this. But the happiest people in the world are those who act in accordance with their heart desires to serve others to God's glory not worrying about what others think.
I wish who I knew who to give credit to for this acronym of "S.H.A.P.E." but it is a neat idea.
We all have a shape and it is a make-up of several things:
S- Spiritual gifts
H- Heart Desires
A- Aptitude (or ability, skill)
E- Experiences (especially early life experiences)
These things are our shape. It is how we are wired.
My shape happens to look like a football.
But, the bottom line is this- we all have a unique pattern, it is God given, and we need to seek out the Lord in having our shape fit into His puzzle, for His kingdom, and for His glory.
As someone who has been blessed enough to know God and know myself- I can now unreservedly push my direction into what I have been called to do. I need to let the 'pressure' come from Him. Again, not squeezed by the world, but transformed by the renewing of my mind. This is the fruit of the gospel and it leads to a beautiful life. Not easy... not without disappointments and failures, not without the need for mercy, not without the dependency on the Spirit.... but true joyous freedom in Christ.
Discover your shape (it takes some time) and start utilizing it today!