It's easy to question our own value or worth based on how we feel or what we perceive others think of us. But God has created us uniquely, on purpose and for a purpose, and His view of us matters most! In this sermon series, we considered God's divine design for each of us, and how He wants to use us to serve and strengthen others for His glory.
Use the tools below to help discover your SHAPE: Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences.
Watch or Listen to the "Discover Your SHAPE" SERMON series
STARTING POINT: WHERE ARE YOU TODAY?
Where are you today, right now, in your journey with God? The list below will help you mark the spot. Read each statement and indicate your current status by circling the appropriate number: 3 = Yes, 2 = Somewhat, 1 = No. When you have finished, add the numbers for your score, then find your results below.
3 • 2 • 1 - My unique God-given purpose in life is clear.
3 • 2 • 1 - My spiritual gifts are being expressed.
3 • 2 • 1 - My passions are being utilized for God.
3 • 2 • 1 - My natural abilities are being used to serve others.
3 • 2 • 1 - My personality is helping me serve others.
3 • 2 • 1 - My purpose capitalizes on many of my experiences.
3 • 2 • 1 - My life is completely surrendered to God.
3 • 2 • 1 - My attitude and actions reflect a servant heart.
3 • 2 • 1 - My accountability to others is consistent.
3 • 2 • 1 - My schedule shows how I’m investing in others.
3 • 2 • 1 - My plan to fulfill my purpose from God is set.
A Focused Kingdom Purpose
Based on your answers, your God-given strengths seem clear and your specific purpose from God is concise. Your life is in balance and providing lasting fulfillment. You strive to live surrendered so you can find freedom in your role as a servant. You have a solid accountability team in place that offers the encouragement and support you need to be faithful to God's design. You invest in the lives of others on a regular basis. Your master plan is on target for maximizing your God-given strengths. You feel you truly are living the life you were meant to live.
A Fragmented Kingdom Purpose
Based on your answers, your God-honoring purpose seems cluttered. Your strengths are somewhat confused due to the fact that you are overextended in many areas of your life -- something we can all relate to. There are times when you are using your gifts for God's glory, but there also are issues, emotions, and desires in your life that you still need to surrender to God in order to live the life he has in store for you. Your accountability to others may not be as consistent as God--or you--would like. You desire to invest in others but have not committed the time. You have a few goals in place, but no master plan to ensure your purpose for God is completed. The result is intermittent fulfillment. You occasionally feel you are living the life you were created for, but you long for greater clarity.
A Frustrated Kingdom Purpose
(less than 15 points)
Based on your answers, you are confused about your specific purpose in life for God. You lack a clear idea of who you are and you have few clues about what God made you to do. Your specific God-given strengths are unknown. Surrender and servanthood are not themes you have engaged at this stage of your journey with God. You don't feel safe making yourself accountable to others. Investing in others is not currently a priority of your life.
Overall, your life is not as balanced as you would like it to be. Fulfillment is hard for you to find. You admit you don't have a clear-cut strategy for your life. You may even feel most of the time that you are just surviving.
[Content courtesy of S.H.A.P.E. by Erik Rees]
Now that you know where you are today, the next question is: Where do you want to be over the next few months or year? What is the one thing you long for God to do in your life as you spend time with Him?
Based on your response, take a moment to write out or say a prayer to God about this. If you'd like to share your results, your thoughts, or simply reach out for help in discovering your SHAPE, connect with us using the brief form below.
Use the tools below to learn more about Spiritual Gifts and to explore and discover the gift(s) God has given you.
HEART, ABILITIES, PERSONALITY, EXPERIENCES
Download this SHAPE Profile to help you explore your Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences.