Serve Out of Design, Not Duty


We serve God not out of duty, but out of love. Because when we do what He wired us to do, we bring glory to Him.

“Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves” (Romans 12:3b NLT).

The Bible says that God wants you to listen to your heart. He wants you to look at what you’re made to do, and then you’ll know what He wants you to do. But most people these days are moving so fast that they don’t have time to listen to their heart anymore.

We’ve got to slow down! We’re all in such a hurry, stressed with too much to do, not realizing until later that we didn’t have to do so much.

That describes most people today in America. They’re speeding with no direction. But God wants you to slow down and listen to your heart. Romans 12:3b says, “Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves” (NLT). I suggest you get alone with God and ask these questions: “What do I love to do? What do I dream of doing? What fascinates me? What can I talk about, think about, and study all day and not get bored? Where have I been most effective in my life?”

I once baptized an 80-year-old woman after a service at Saddleback Church. She wanted to be a small group host. That’s pretty cool — an 80-year-old small group host! She said, “I just wish I learned years ago that we serve God out of our design, not out of duty.”

I wish everybody could learn that truth. That’s what SHAPE — your Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences — is all about. We serve God out of our design and the way He shaped us. We serve God not out of duty but because we love Him. Because when you do what He wired you to do, it brings glory to Him.

That’s the way to live. Don’t serve God out of force or design or guilt. Serve Him out of delight and gratitude. Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you’ve been given — in other words, what God put you on earth to do.

Talk It Over

-- What has been your motivation to serve in ministry?

-- How did that motivation affect your attitude toward ministry?

-- What do you believe God put you on earth to do? What steps can you take today to serve Him using your gifts and work toward your purpose?

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This devotional © 2017 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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