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We all hope to fulfill a greater purpose in life, one bigger than ourselves. In love, we should hope to help others. This is ministry. God wants to help increase your effectiveness and even to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 20:1-4). So what meaning is there to life? What purpose could you fulfill?

To find the purpose of you. Take a good inventory of yourself. God made you the way you are for a reason. You have learned skills, natural abilities, and spiritual intuition (ministry inquiry form). As you take inventory of yourself, you must ask discover how to use what you have to love others in a Godly sense.

As you take a humble look at yourself (Romans 12:3), you will then begin to recognize how you could serve others. Jesus was the ultimate example of a servant (Acts 10:38 - 38, Matthew 20:28, Galatians 6:9, 1 Peter 2:15, Luke 4:16-20). You can also study Jesus' ultimate story of service in the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). To serve in ministry like Jesus did requires a boost in our lives that goes beyond the natural. It goes into the Supernatural. Simply, we need the power of God the Holy Spirit. While power from the Spirit peaks in fullness in what is called the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, 2:4), it is important to remember that any gifts or powers from God (examples in 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12) are worthless without love (I Corinthians 13:1-2). If a Christian serves someone without loving God or loving others truly, they would instantly be seen as hypocritical and wrong, both by man and God.

To help you take inventory of your own spiritual gifts, take the test and then refer to the definitions to think about how they relate. Additionally, you may watch a special DVD that is available through church about developing spiritual gifts in your life. The DVD is called "The Spirit and the Glory" by Jack Hayford. There is also a Ministry Interest survey to help you spell out ways you may be interested in serving at church. Lastly, as you take inventory about yourself, be encouraged that your steadfast availability to God's service will reap heavenly rewards for you. Which is good since there are no hearses that pull Uhauls. Even service done to societies lowest people directly ministers to God (Matthew 25:34-40, I Peter 2:5, Exodus 28:1).

After you have taken a season of self evaluation with these tests, begin by serving others in your small group, your family (devotions, provision, nurturing), and your church (Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, or even giving money to church things helps do ministry). Serving is also done in your everyday life. There are many people who don't know Jesus in a personal way. They need someone to minister to them in love (Jeremiah 31:3). Even in your worship time at church, you minister to God and others (John 4:23-24, Hebrews 10:24-25). As God leads you to your special ministry endeavors you will sense like never before what your purpose is in this life. You will see that as you minister to God and others that you receive back ministry blessings on yourself.


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