What are the good works that God created for you to walk in?
How do you know what they are?
I certainly have wrestled with these questions plenty and may have a glimpse or two at the answer to help you find your way.
What are your spiritual gifts?
Helps (also called service)
Words of knowledge
Interpretation of tongues
Working of miracles
What do you seem to be attracted to? One of the most important lessons I ever learned is that God’s assignments will feed and bless me as much as they do others. He built me with certain likes, desires and interests that can only be fulfilled as I “will and do his good pleasure.” Vocational choice, volunteer activities and hobbies will point to these things.
What are your natural gifts and talents?
Taking care of people
Working with children
And on the list goes.
One thing I have come to understand that really encourages me and helps me to rest: God does have good works for me to do; I don’t have to wonder about that.
I fix my eyes, oh Lord,
On things unseen:
The reality of your kingdom;
That for Eternity will be.
I set my mind, oh Lord,
On things above:
Where my life remains hidden in you;
Enfolded in your precious love.
I set my heart, oh Lord,
On who you are:
Savior, Redeemer, Healer and King;
Most brightly shining morning star.
I lay my all, oh Lord,
Before your throne:
As a sacrifice of devotion;
I serve and worship you alone.
The candle was simple and plain,
In a holder made of glass;
But oh what radiance when given a flame
It had a purpose at last.
It stood with its soft, gentle light
That warmed and inspired all;
With a fragrance and glow that brought great delight
To those in the banquet hall.
The gift that it offered was great,
Though it didn’t seem like much.
But the candle carried its flame with such weight,
No one could miss its warm touch.
Whatever my talents and gifts,
I will ever serve God my Lord;
So that in my actions all worship I lift
To Jesus the Living Word.
A pitcher sits in the middle of the table, empty.
Each place that has also been set has a tall, beautiful glass, ready for water, and like the pitcher, empty.
Who then, will fill the pitcher so that each glass can be filled and enjoyed?
He fills each of us so that we in turn have something to give to others.
How do we get filled?
By being in His presence, worshipping, listening, reading Scripture and fellowship.
How do we pour out what we are given?
First, by praying: This is the most important thing we can do; then, by listening, speaking, giving, serving or simply being present.
We cannot fill ourselves. All of the striving and good works in the world will never do what God does. Apart from Him, we can do nothing.
The pitcher in the middle of the table has been filled.
Now those who gather around it to share in a meal are drinking from the glasses that were filled from the pitcher.
Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, meekness, gentleness, self control and faith abound.