HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY
LEARN WHAT YOUR GOD GIVEN NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL TALENTS ARE AND USE THEM GOD=S WAY
GOD FORMED EVERY CREATURE ON THIS PLANET WITH A SPECIAL AREA OF EXPERTISE.
Each of us was uniquely designed by God to do certain things.
Psa. 139:13-16, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous‑and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!” (TLB)
WHEN YOU GET SAVED, IN ADDITION TO YOUR NATURAL GIFTS, YOU GET SOME ADDITIONAL GIFTS AND TALENTS. THEY ARE CALLED SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
1 Cor. 12:8, “To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; someone else may be especially good at studying and teaching, and this is His gift from the same Spirit.” (TLB)
- Once you realize how you have been gifted by God, how do you really figure out where to use them?
- The Bible uses the term “heart” to describe the bundle of desires, hopes, interests,
ambitions, dreams, and affections you have.
- Your heart represents the source of all your motivations ‑ what you love to do and
what you care about most.
Prov. 27:19, “As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.” (NKJV)
Matt. 12:34, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (NKJV)
- Physically, each of us has a unique heartbeat.
- In the same way, God has given each of us a unique emotional “heartbeat” that races when
we think about the subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest us.
- These are clues to what you should be doing in life and where you ought to be serving
in the church.
- Another word for heart is passion.
- God has a purpose in giving you these inborn interests.
- Your emotional heartbeat is the second key to understanding how and where you
should be serving in the church (Body of Christ).
- Don’t ignore your interests. Consider how they might be used in God’s service.
- God wants you to serve him passionately, with your heart, not because you have to but
because you want to.
- How do you know when you are serving God from your heart?
- The first telltale sign is enthusiasm.
- The second characteristic of serving God from your heart is effectiveness.
- Whenever you do what God wired you to love to do, you get good at it. Passion drives
- The greatest things in life are not things.
- Meaning is far more important than money.
- Don’t settle for just achieving “the good life,” because the good life is not good
enough. Ultimately it doesn’t satisfy.
- You can have a lot to live on and still have nothing to live for.
- Aim instead, for “the better life” ‑ serving God in His Church in a way that expresses
2 Thess. 3:13, “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” (NKJV)
- When we begin to grow weary:
- We need to say, “This is what God wants me to do because it is best for me.”
- This is what God wants me to do because this is the way He has gifted me.
- This is what God wants me to do because He has commanded me to.
Keep on doing it and not only will we be rewarded one day in heaven for doing it, but we also see rewards in this life.