What is our Purpose?

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is in life? This is a question that I think each of us asks at some point in time in our life. If we are truly honest with ourselves we will find that outside of Christ we have no purpose. Imagine going through life just living for today. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior than this is ultimately what you are doing. We have no purpose outside of our Father’s will for our lives. If there is no God then we are literally here today and gone tomorrow and nothing that we do matters, but since God is real we can stand firm in knowing that we have a purpose.

I did not always believe this, in fact there is a time in my life where I walked away from Jesus for all intensive purposes. I actually reached a point where I did not even know if God existed anymore. What I found was that my life was empty and no matter how much fun I tried to have, no matter how much work I did, and no matter how much good I did it never filled the hole that was in my life and in my heart. My life was empty even though it was full of earthly purpose and enjoyment.

I praise God that He never quit pursuing me, because today I can tell you that I do have a purpose and I do have true happiness, even when things get difficult. I know that the Lord has called me into service and as I follow His leading I get closer to Him everyday and learn His heart for me and His purpose for me. You see God calls us into greatness when we say yes. He used the lowly shepherd boy David to defeat Goliath, He brought Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego through the fire when they refused to worship their king, and He used Moses to bring the Israelites through the dessert safely even though he was living in exile before he was called. You see God uses us in our weakness to show His strength and that we are nothing without Him. When we submit our lives to Him we, as vessels, are filled with God and His light. We are broken vessels and our brokenness allows others to see God’s light from within us, so never shy away from your past for your past is behind you, but it is your greatest tool to show others how mighty our Lord is.

Father we are so grateful that you give us purpose, that even though we are broken and make a mess of things at times that you use that brokenness to shine your light on the world around us. Use us Lord to illuminate the darkness around us so that there is no absence of light anywhere where we are present. Lord we long to follow the path that you have set before us to show others the goodness that they can have if they only say yes and trust in you. Help us to get out of the way and to quit trying to do it by ourselves. We want to be people who say yes to your every call, no matter how hard. Thank you for your son who said yes to death, even death on a cross so that we may live and live life to the fullest. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Trusting God isn’t Always Easy

There are times in our lives when we are scared and confused; times when we just don’t know what the outcome will be to our situation.  It is in those times that the choice to be obedient becomes extremely difficult and even scary.  It is said that faith is spelled R.I.S.K. and anyone who has been walking with God for any amount of time can attest to this.  It can be extremely scary to say yes and to follow God, but what is our alternative?

When we take a look at the Israelites and their pursuit of the Promised Land we notice a pattern in their thinking and their actions, God would provide and then something would happen and they would become scared.  God released them from the grips of Pharaoh (Ex. 12:31-36) after sending warning upon warning followed by action when Pharaoh pursued them God guided them out of harm’s way.  God guided them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night until they were safe (13:21-22).  Repeatedly God answered their prayers by taking them through the Red Sea (14:26-31), supplying them with water (17:5-7), and even supplying them with their daily bread (16:13-16).  Yet even with all that God had done for the Israelites they still became scared and turned to worrying and grumbling.  Eventually God would lead their ancestor’s into the Promised Land where they would receive all that God had promised to them.

It isn’t always easy to follow God, but God is calling us to trust in Him and to follow Him.  A few years ago my wife and I were pursuing a change in our lives.  I was getting out of the military and we were ready to pursue a job running a startup gym in New Jersey which was supposed to be one of the top stores in the company.  My wife quit her job, I was separating from the military, and our belongings were all packed up and ready to be moved.  During my final out processing from the military I really began to feel as though we weren’t supposed to go to New Jersey.  After prayer and consideration we decided that we trust in God and not go to New Jersey even though we had no idea what we were going to do to sustain ourselves financially.

Fortunately for us God knew what we needed and provided for us, but it wasn’t without hardship and trials.  We went a whole year without either of us having a permanent job, but God was faithful and we were ok.  He provided for us over and over again, you could say He gave us our daily bread, and we have never been without.  There have been times when things were tough, but nonetheless we were always provided for.  Following God is risky, but it is also worth it even when things get scary and difficult, which they will.  Remember that faith = R.I.S.K. and if you have faith and follow the prompting that you receive from the Holy Spirit you will be ok.  It may not always look the way you thought that it would, but God will take care of you.

Father, bless us as we step out in faith and follow you today.  We know that it can be scary and even difficult to say yes, but we also know that you are faithful.  You are the provider and in you all things are possible so we submit ourselves to you today as we say yes Lord, not my will but yours be done.  Protect us from the schemes of the enemy and use us as we venture out into the world.  We thank you Father that you care for us, even when we fail you.  Help us in our unbelief and guide us as we follow your steps.  Amen.