All through the Bible, we see the story of God’s love for humanity. He created us, invited us to be in relationship with him, rescued us when we strayed away, and now he’s inviting us to play a part in his story of love for the world.
That’s right. No matter who you are or what you have done, you have a place in his story. We were created on purpose for a purpose.
Personally, God has placed me in the role of father to three beautiful little girls that are growing up quickly. As their dad, it’s my place to teach them about God, share his love with them, continually point to him, and show them what it looks like to follow him.
5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Often, I feel like I don’t have enough time, wisdom, or energy to teach my girls well, and I start to believe that I can’t live up to what the role of a parent requires. This past weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder shared an encouraging verse to help us see that God doesn’t just give us a place in his story and say, “Good luck with that.” He wants us to succeed and gives us everything we need to accomplish what he asks us to do.
2 Peter 1:3
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
No matter what place God has given you in his story, he gives you divine power to live a life that will point others to him. You can know and live out the purpose he has for your life by knowing him.
As a dad, all my successes come from knowing God. As I understand who he is and the love he has for me, I am able to show my girls who God is and the love he has for them. And as I know him more, I can have the power to live a life that points them to him.
Do you know your place in God’s story?
How does knowing that God gives you the power to live out the life he calls you to live change your perspective?
Take one of these next steps to know God more: Attend the weekend service each week. Commit to reading the LivingItOut regularly. Read your Bible daily. Have intentional conversations with others about what you’re learning.
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Dear God, thank you for giving me a place in your story and for giving me everything I need to live out the adventure you have for me. Help me to know you more and grow closer to you today. Reveal the next steps I need to take on my adventure and help me love others well along the way. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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