“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7

I remember talking to one of my ministry leaders at church a few years ago about service. He explained to those of us who had volunteered for the worship team about his belief that we were more than volunteers. We were called to serve in that position.

I squirmed in my seat a little and said, “But to me, serving means sacrifice, and I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing. I don’t have to lead worship on Sunday. I get to lead worship.”

He said, “But you make sacrifices of your time to prepare for Sunday morning. You have to memorize lyrics and get your heart ready to lead people in worship. It doesn’t feel like a sacrifice because you are operating in your giftedness and calling.”

Like a piece of art reflects the heart of the person who made it, we reflect the heart of God. We do it best when we serve with joy in an area where we use our unique gifts, talents, and temperaments. Some of us are great teachers. Others are great administrators. Still others understand technical issues and can solve complex problems. Maybe we do that thing for a living, or maybe we simply do it for our neighbors, our coworkers, or those in need. Whatever it is, never consider it unimportant because it doesn’t quite feel like a sacrifice. Thank God that you can glorify Him by fulfilling that for which He created you.

God, thank You for creating me with unique gifts, and show me how I can glorify You through those gifts. Amen.

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If you have not found an area where you think God has called you, begin praying that He will show you. Think about something you would do eight hours a day, even if you never got paid for it. That just might lead you to find your calling.

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