How to Fulfill Your God-Given Purpose 3.0: Branching Out

by Sharmon Coleman

I am the vine, you are the branches, apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5).  Is that clear or what?  In order to live out our God-given purpose, we must stay attached to Father God.  He’s the source for everything we need NOW. 

The last two blogs have looked at an oak tree’s development into maturity and compared it to our desire to live out our God-given purpose based on Isaiah 61:3. An oak starts as a seedling who’s first job is to develop a deep, wide-spread root system that nourishes and supports the upward growth of the tree.  Once the roots are established, then the tree starts growing above ground.  Our roots are a daily, deep and intimate relationship with Jesus.  Our trunk is knowing and believing who He says we are, our identity in Him. 

What does it mean to be a branch?  Just as branches give shape to the tree’s canopy, God gave each of us a specific S.H.A.P.E. so we can accomplish the good works He prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). 

What is your S.H.A.P.E.? 

            Spiritual gifts

            Heart motivation

            Abilities

            Personality

            Experience

Understanding each aspect of your S.H.A.P.E. guides you in the direction you should go, and helps you decide which opportunities are a good fit resulting in your joy and Kingdom growth. 

What happens? When you stay rooted in Christ, built up in who He says you are, and understand how He wired you . . .  

You bear MUCH FRUIT (John 15:5)!  The key to much fruit begins with your roots and moves upward.  Fruit happens naturally, it’s not something for which you have to strive. 

Proven Way exists to help you develop deep roots, unshakeable identity, and keen self-awareness. Reach out if you’d like more information so you can fulfill your God-given call in this season of life with freedom and joy!

 

Sharmon Colemman