You Are Shaped for a Life Mission
By Rick Warren — Apr 13,2015
“I have formed these people for myself.
They will praise me.” (Isaiah 43:21 GW)
You are commissioned for a life mission!
The Bible says in Isaiah 49:5, “And now the LORD speaks — the one who formed me in my mother’s womb to be his servant, who commissioned me” (NLT)
Your shape — your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences — equip you for your life mission and your life message.
What is your life mission? It’s your life’s work. It’s what God created you to do on this planet. The body of your life work is your life mission.
What is your life message? It’s what God wants to say to the world through you. It’s unique. It’s your message from your life to the world.
I can’t give your life message, because I’m not you. You can’t give my life message, because you’re not me. You can only give your life message, and I can only give mine. If you don’t give your life message to the world, it doesn’t get heard.
When an artist accepts a commission, he makes a commitment to complete a certain task. You have been commissioned by God to fulfill your mission and your message in the world. God has shaped you and given you the exact tools and traits that you need to complete your task, and when you use them to complete your mission, it pleases God.
Isaiah 43:21 says, “I have formed these people for myself. They will praise me” (GW).
How do you do that? How do you broadcast God’s praises with your life? By being who God made you to be.
When you use the gifts and abilities and personality and passion and experiences that God gave you that make you you, that brings glory to God.
Talk It Over
How has God shaped you? What is it about your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences that make you uniquely you?
In what ways are you using your shape in your work? What about in ministry? In your home?
Do you think God expects you to know everything about your life mission and message? Why or why not?
Prayer: Lord Jesus it is our desire to serve you and bring glory and honor to you through our life purpose and calling. Strengthen this calling in each of our lives as we embrace our gifts, talents, personality, and experiences, and trust your will shaping our lives.
In Jesus Name, Amen