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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Using Your HEART

“I didn’t think I could do it. But I found out I could. It’s not as hard as you think You just have to have a willing heart.” – Anonymous

When you think of sharing your life mission in the world does it conjure up images of far away places and remote people groups?  Most of us the mission field begins right here where we live.  Church is an outreach ministry to all who live in the community next door.

Using the acrostic HEART (from Saddleback Church) to explain what we think might be the essence of a person who could really care for a few others.

Hands that are open before God.  If your hands are open saying, Father, these are ordinary hands but I want You to use these hands in this life to be able to touch the life of another. Are your hands open before God? 

Experienced in connecting with others.  Not forever but at least for a while.  But it is not just about being in community and experiencing community…

Available to be used by the Father.  That’s ultimately the purpose and the path of life.  Would you be available?  Are you?

Reluctant to be used can be a good thing!  As you look at the character of David, Jonah, or look at the character of Moses who had five good reasons why he didn’t think he would be God’s man for the moment.  God said you are. 

Teachable spirit.  Are you willing to listen? We need people who are willing to be teachable and responsive to God.  Like the clay that is on the potters wheel being willing to be brought into something magnificent beyond what they can do on their own. 

Be wise today and always - ultimately it’s all about the heart.
How does God want to use yours?