This week’s devotions are based on Week 5 of “I Love My Church…Love by Sharing!” (WATCH HERE)
Have you ever wondered or questioned why you were born when you were, lived where you lived or worked where you worked? Or wondered the same in the present tense…why am I working here, living here, or alive today?
Many articles have been written about finding your purpose and your passion and the “reason you were born.” Often times these are focused on secular components that lead you to make a contribution to the world and people around you.
Like with many things in life, I can go through the process of discovering my purpose on this earth from a secular sense and find some satisfaction and value. However, as a Christian who has been forgiven and bought by the blood of Jesus, our purpose is not just for a secular outcome, but for a spiritual reason. We begin to realize that GOD has knit me together and allowed me to be born for this time. I realize God has given me gifts and talents to use, not just to benefit society, but to glorify him. I realize my purpose is wrapped up in my relationship to God.
Let me add one more thing to this. It is very possible that God has you alive today, living where you live and working where you work because he wants to use you to share him with someone else. When Jesus left this earth he chose to entrust his message of grace to his disciples and handful of followers. He could have had a different way to spread the power of the Gospel, but he chose people.
Nothing is different today. You have been given the comfort and peace of the Gospel not only for your own life, but to share with the life of another. How do we know? One great example is in Acts 17 when the Apostle Paul is speaking to a group of secular philosophers and wanted them to move from a natural knowledge of God to believing in Jesus as their Savior. He indicates that God also orchestrates the lives of all people so that they might be in a position to discover him.
Acts 17:26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
What this also means is we might be on the other end of someone God has allowed to live today, reside next to us or work with us for the very purpose that he wants YOU to be in that spot to share him when that person’s curiosity desires to know who the true God is. As God’s people he wants us to always be prepared to share the hope with have with gentleness and respect.
God has you in the right place at the right time…be ready to share when he sends someone your way!
Apply: What changes for your day when you realize God has orchestrated today not only for your benefit and blessing, but also for you to be a blessing in someone else’s life?
Prayer: Lord thank you for a message to share, a time to share it and someone with whom to share it. AMEN.