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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Who do you want to be?

When I grow up I want to be...

Corporate Advertiser, I wanted to make TV Commercials, but I didn't think I could do it. I wanted to be a professional Tennis player, but I didn't think I could do it. I wanted to be a physics teacher, but I couldn't do it. I finally gave my plans and future to God, and he made me a Youth Minister.

One of the most difficult decisions we face is, what do we want to be? Our flesh desires wealth, success, and comfort. As teenagers, we are challenged to make this decision sooner rather than later. The truth is, studies show that the average college student changes their major 3 times. We here stories from professional athletes who say they new when they were 4 years old what they wanted to be. But that is not the only way to become an elite professional. Nothing can replace hard work, dedication, discipline, and endurance in pursuing excellence in your field of expertise. Think about this, what if you were the best jet pilot in the world but you hated to fly? What if you were the worst teacher, but you loved to teach? What if you were talented in public speaking and had major influence in people, but didn't want to be a leader? Lost in all these thoughts and ambitions is the most important thing of all...what were you created to be?

If you never surrender your life to Christ, you will have used your God given talents and abilities to your own satisfaction, but never be satisfied. If you are a born again believer, you have been given God given talents and abilities to be used for His glory and satisfaction, and you may still never be satisfied. But if you are born again, and submit total authority to God in your life, and you use your God given talents and abilities to His Glory and for His purpose. You will know supreme satisfaction, Joy, and experience the presence of God's blessing in your life.

"What do you want to be", I ask. Whatever God wants me to be.
1 Cor. 12:28 gives for types of spiritual gifts that God gives Christians. He doesn't give all gifts to all Christians, but He does give at least one to all who believe and are His children. There are Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, and Helpers. In Ephesians 4:11, Paul breaks it down into: Apostles, Prophets, Preacher/Teachers, and Evangelists. As a Christian God has created you to be one of these types of people. You can do this in every area of life: Neurosurgery to tax commissioner, oil refinery to district manager, accountant to attorney, social worker to auto mechanic, and all the rest. No matter where God sends you and uses you, there is apart of you created, designed, and appointed to be either, Apostle, Prophet, Preacher, Teacher, Helper, or Evangelist. Which one are you?

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