In yesterday’s devotional, we talked about how you are enough. So let me make one thing clear — whether you know your purpose or not, you are enough. Whether you are living a life that feels meaningful, or still escaping a life that isn’t, it doesn’t matter in the eyes of God. He loves you as you are. He’s not waiting for you to become good enough. He loves you where you’re at, right now.
I believe God wants to walk with you, helping you to build a life that feels meaningful, a life filled with purpose.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
So what does that look like?
In a broad sense, all Christians are called to the same life purposes – to love and serve God, growing in their relationship with him, to love and serve others according to God’s will, and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. I’m sure there are other things all Christians are supposed to do, but these are the basics CedarCreek believes Scripture teaches.
Of course, since we’re all different people with our own personalities, interests, strengths, weaknesses, etc., these purposes play out differently for each of us. The better we know ourselves (as previously discussed), the better God can use who we are to fulfill these purposes.
For example, according to 1 Corinthians 12:7, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” We are all called to use our spiritual gifts to help one another, putting others before ourselves (Matthew 20:25-28; Philippians 2:3-4). However, when we know what our spiritual gifts are, we know how we can best serve others.
Still, finding your purpose doesn’t always seem that simple. Maybe you know your personality, your spiritual gifts, your strengths, your weaknesses, but still, you’re waiting for an “Aha!” moment where you will suddenly realize how you are supposed to help the world!
If that’s where you are, I can relate. But let me offer a thought. Maybe purpose, in the personal, individual sense, isn’t meant to be some grand, overarching thing we will work toward for the rest of our lives. Maybe it’s not always one passion that we will pursue till God calls us home.
Maybe our personal purpose is found in the small decisions, in choosing to follow God’s lead every moment of every day, trusting him to lead us to where we’re needed, when we’re needed there.
After all we’ve discussed this week, who do you believe you are?
What are your spirituals gifts, strengths, and weaknesses?
How can you use what you know about yourself to fulfill God’s purpose in your life?
Spend a day focusing on God’s purpose for you. Ask yourself, “How does God want me to serve him in this moment?” and work through your day from there.
Complete GrowthTrack and begin to discover the purpose God has for you.
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Heavenly Father, thank you for making us each unique, specially designed by you and able to serve you in ways no one else can. Please, help us to know ourselves through your eyes, full of love, compassion, and honesty. Help us to live lives filled with meaning and purpose as only we can, according to how you made us. May your will be done in our lives. Amen.
21 Days of Prayer – Day 12
Today’s Prayer Focus: CedarCreek Students
Together, let’s pray for our Students. Pray that Middle School Students begin to make their faith their own. Pray High School Students have the courage to hold to and share their faith in their schools. Pray for unchurched students throughout our region that they are introduced to Jesus and come to know him.
21 Days of Prayer – Day 13
Today’s Prayer Focus: This weekend’s church services: Pray for each guest to be ready and open to receive what God offers this weekend.
Together let’s pray for our weekend services. We pray that each and every guest is open to receiving from God this weekend. We pray for Ben as he shares God’s truth about how our past has potential for God.
21 Days of Prayer – Day 14
Today’s Prayer Focus: Next Steps – Praying for people to take their next steps on their spiritual journey.
Together let’s pray for individuals to understand the vision God has for their life and to grow in the areas of Knowing God, Finding Freedom, Discovering Purpose and Making a Difference.
This post was written by Payton Lechner. Payton Lechner is a college grad currently working at her local library. In her spare time, she volunteers as an ESL teacher and freelances as a writer and editor. Besides the English language, Payton loves swimming, cats, and a good cup of tea.
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