I AM – So You Don’t Have To Be
Blog Bible Study Lesson Three
‘When Life Doesn’t Work Out Like You Planned’
1. It was stated in the Lesson that God has made you “once, twice, three times a lady.” Where are you in this progression? Obviously we have all been physically born, but are you ‘twice a lady’? Have you been born again spiritually? This may be a private matter you’d like to discuss confidentially. If so, email me. If you have already received this gift, write a brief prayer of thanksgiving or testimony.
worthwhile for God? Do you ever feel God is using someone else instead of you?
I guess you would say that I’m like you, as I try to go above and beyond to help others; which sometimes is not healthy, because I use up all my energy and then am no good to my family. Depression comes – but I’m working through that, and each day is rising better! But yes, I have in the past considered major things that are big to be important. In the past I took on a family of six children, babysitting and transporting because the parents were hardly ever home, always working. That was big… way to much for me to handle my senior year of high school. And I look sometimes and say, “How can doing this flyer, newsletter, PowerPoint, etc be a worthy help?” But I realize as I grow closer to God, that sometimes, that is why I am right where He placed me to do that type of thing on the computer and help that way!
5. Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts test? If yes, what are yours? If no, here’s a good one from Ephesians 4 Ministry. Will you take it and come back with a response? Knowing some of you like I already do, I can almost pick out what your gift is before you say it. I can’t wait to see if I’m right!
Your dominant gifts are Pastor/Shepherd, Showing Mercy
You have a burden to see others learn and grow and are protective of those under your care. You want to present the whole Word of God and do not like to present the same materials more than once. (I can’t totally agree with this – as I usually do read things several times and do studies more then once.) You are willing to study what is necessary to feed your group and are more relationship oriented than task oriented. You are a peace-maker and diplomat – very tolerant of people’s weaknesses. You tend to remember people’s names and faces. (Really?? LOL; I feel that most of the time I have a hard time remembering names – but this can’t be exact all the time.) You are more concerned with doing for others than others doing for you. You are faithful and devoted and may become a workaholic. You can become an all-purpose person in order to meet needs.
People with the gift of shepherding make the best Sunday school teachers and group leaders because their desire is to go beyond just teaching or leading, to shepherd and minister to the daily needs of their students. The position of Sunday school teacher or group leader is an extension of the pastoral ministry in the church. These groups should be shepherded on a small scale the same as the pastor shepherds the whole congregation on a large scale.
Be careful to involve other people; don’t try to do it all yourself. Work on making people accountable. Do not be overly protective of your “flock.” Because of these potentially weak areas, other people may think it is your job to do all the work; they rely too heavily on you. You may be expected to be available at all times, know all the answers, and be at every function. Learn when to say no.
Beware of Satan’s attack on your gift. He will cause discouragement when the load gets heavy, and pride because your “sheep” look up to you. You may develop family problems because of too little time and attention. You may become selfish when “sheep” feed in other pastures.
HOW CAN YOU USE YOUR GIFT? This gift is a great help in many areas. You may serve as a Sunday school teacher, small group leader, pastor or assistant pastor, bus captain, special ministry leader (such as youth, children, men, etc.), nursery worker or as a half-way house or other type shelter volunteer. You may consider serving as a dormitory leader in a college, orphanage, children’s home, etc. Scout troops would appreciate your assistance as a den leader.
I look forward to continuing through this study and greatly appreciate Lisa for sharing this study openly. If you’d like to join us in the study, click on the icon at the top of the page or in my sidebar.
Additionally wanted to note that I pray I can retain all of this information and especially the analogy of: I, me, was placed just in time to have an impact on this earth through ‘unrecurring incidents’ of obedience, just like Moses. How extraordinary to think of myself in such a way. Also we all could use this reminder: “It took Moses 80 long years to be ready for the buring bush. This may serve to tell us that we have some waiting to do!”
God Bless Everyone, HL