Different Flavors

 
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You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and lying down; you are familiar with all my ways” – Psalm 139:1-3 NLT

“You created me in my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” – Psalm 139:13-14 NLT

How cool is that?  That we worship a God who knows us so intimately!  God knew exactly what He was doing when He created each and every one of us.  We all have a purpose and were created to serve Him in our own unique way.  He gives each of us gifts too!  Not for our own use, but to be used in praise of Him.  These gifts are uniquely tied to who we are created to be and all help us to become closer to Him when we use them.  You can read more about what those gifts are in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 and 1 Peter 4:11.

Closely related to those gifts given to us, this past Sunday, Heather Mandala taught us about pathways.  A pathway can be defined as someone’s lot in life, their destiny or life purpose.  Heather showed us that each is especially suited to speak to our hearts in the way that best fits how we’re knit together by our loving God.

We can be drawn to God “intellectually”.  Those are people who feel closest to God by reading and studying.  There are those who are “relational” – they grow when with others, meeting and discussing thoughts.  Others find their way by “serving” – it’s easy to see that, these days at Mt. Laurel by watching people setup the entire church each week.  It’s not work for them, its praise.  Speaking of which some are drawn through “worship”.  Heather gave some great examples in the Psalms written by King David.  There are “activists” those who have a unique passion for God’s Kingdom, are looking to right wrongs and move to advance His kingdom here on earth.   There are also those who are drawn through “contemplation” – sitting with God in silence, they feel most close to God when all the distractions are removed.  Lastly, are those who feel most close to God in “creation” – those who see and experience the living God in nature.

Whatever your pathway is, use it to draw closer to Him.  God most wants us to be in relationship with Him.  He pursues us relentlessly, but also allows us to seek Him freely.  There’s no “right” way to seek and experience that relationship and He is waiting, patiently, for you to draw near to Him.  Go, use your unique gifts, to deepen that relationship.

Scott Crews