The Clues to Where You Should Be Serving
BY RICK WARREN — AUGUST 13, 2019
“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19 NIV).
The Bible uses the term “heart” to describe the bundle of desires, hopes, interests, ambitions, dreams, and affections that you have. Your heart represents the source of all your motivations—what you love to do and what you care about most. Even today, we still use the word in this way when we say, “I love you with all my heart.”
The Bible says what is in your heart reveals what you really are: “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19 NIV). You are not what others think you are or what circumstances force you to be. Your heart is the real you. It determines why you say the things you do, why you feel the way you do, and why you act the way you do.
Physically, each of us has a unique heartbeat. Just as we each have unique thumbprints, eye prints, and voiceprints, our hearts beat in slightly different patterns. It’s amazing that out of all the billions of people who’ve ever lived, no one has ever had a heartbeat exactly like yours.
In the same way, God has given each of us a unique emotional heartbeat that races when we think about the subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest us. We instinctively care about some things and not about others. These are clues to where you should be serving.
Another word for heart is passion. There are certain subjects that you feel deeply passionate about and others that you couldn’t care less about. Some experiences turn you on and capture your attention, while others turn you off or bore you to tears. When you were growing up, you may have discovered that you were intensely interested in some subjects that no one else in your family cared about.
Where did those interests come from? They came from God! He gave them to you for a reason, and he wants you to use them to serve others.
Talk It Over
What subjects, activities, or causes are you passionate about? How are you making an investment in those things for God’s glory?
Consider the things that consume much of your time and energy. How do they align with your emotional heartbeat?
Why would God want you to be passionate about the ways you are serving him?