What’s So Great About That? – Letters in Red

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Have you ever been around people who are fulfilling their God-given purpose? I have noticed they appear to be joyful and full of peace. They seem to overflow with a passion for life. They’re filled with confidence, not in themselves, but in what God can do through them. I am drawn to people like that. I think Dr. Calvin Sweeney, lead pastor of The Tabernacle, explained it perfectly last weekend, “God has given us the gift of purpose so that we can give the gift of hope.” I think during these trying times, we could all use a lot more hope!

Philippians 2:13 NIRV
God is working in you. He wants your plans and your acts to fulfill his good purpose.

Calvin said the four benefits of purpose are: personal fulfillment, peace, perseverance, and personhood.

Personal fulfillment  occurs when you live out your God-given purpose. Your purpose is what God created you to do. One of my God-given purposes is to let others know how deeply they are loved by Jesus. I have found a simple and unobtrusive way to do this—I give out the book Jesus Calling (with Scripture references) to people who are struggling.

Recently, I gave a copy of the book to my dear friend, Carol, whose mom, Betty, is 103. Carol loves the Lord so much, but she didn’t know if her Mom was a Christian, which broke her heart. She wanted to find a way to share the love of God with her mom, and I thought Jesus Calling would be a great way. Carol started reading it to her mom every day and loves the conversations they have afterward. They both look forward to that time every day.

There is so much peace knowing that you are living out your God-given purpose. I knew God was working through me to make a difference in Betty’s life. I went to visit her a few months ago to ask if she believed Jesus was her Savior. We talked about Jesus Calling, and she told me when her daughter reads her scripture from the book, she remembers hearing and reading it from her Bible as a young girl. She smiled as she told me that the book has helped her realize how much Jesus loves her. I point-blank asked Betty if she believed Jesus was her Savior, that he died for her sins, and was resurrected from the dead to save her. When she said, “yes,” I was overjoyed and felt so fulfilled. I praised God for showing his great love to her.

Jesus helps us to persevere through the difficult things he asks us to do. To be honest, going to talk to Betty was way outside my comfort zone. It took me a long time to work up my courage. COVID-19 was rampant, and I was concerned. I knew if I visited with her, I wouldn’t be able to wear a mask because she is very hard of hearing. Even so, I felt God calling me to do this, and I had friends praying for the visit. I am so happy Jesus gave me the courage to step out of my comfort zone. It was so overwhelming to see the smile on Betty’s face and the peace that radiated from her as she spoke about Jesus.

Personhood is knowing who you are. We were reminded by Calvin that Jesus told us, “you are the light of the world.” We find fulfillment by living out our God-given individual and unique purpose. True joy and peace are found in the freedom to be ourselves—who God made us to be.

Questions:
Which of the four benefits of purpose do you need to grab hold of today? Why?

What is your God-given purpose? What are your Spiritual Gifts? How are you using your Spiritual Gifts to glorify God?

Next Steps:
Complete GrowthTrack if you haven’t already. Think about what you are passionate about. Pray and ask God what he would like you to do about it. DO IT!

Prayer:
Jesus, you are such an amazing God. You love me so much that I was created to be your light in this dark world. Help me to fulfill my God-given purpose. Please, give me the courage and faith to step out of my comfort zone to do your will. I want my life to bring you glory. Amen.


This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.


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4 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I think there is no greater joy than knowing you’ve just been used as an instrument of God’s love and care. Whether it happens by happenstance or by praying for courage to obey His nudging. Thanks for sharing Marsha!

  2. Carol Flenner
    Carol Flenner says:

    Thank you so much Marsha for obeying the Lord and visiting my mom, sharing the gospel with her, giving her the Jesus Calling book plus the journal that she’s writing in each day thanking Jesus for different things. I’m forever grateful for the love of Christ you have shown to mom and me, also for the encouragement I get from being in your Bible study group. I’m so grateful for CedarCreek having groups and getting to know and pray with my precious Sisters in Christ.

  3. Karen Brossia
    Karen Brossia says:

    Very encouraging post, Marsha! How ironic that “Jesus was calling” you to speak to Betty about Him! How cool that He used you in such a wonderful way and you stepped out of your comfort zone to bring Him glory!

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