What's Your Purpose?
Recently I had the opportunity to pray for a man named Kenneth. He is 59 years old. During our conversation he began to blurt out about the goodness of God he has been experiencing in his life. This man began to share his testimony with me.
Kenneth accepted Jesus Christ into his life at a church service 1 ½ years ago. He said he grew up Catholic, but when he attended the service, he immediately knew he needed Jesus in his life as his Lord and Savior. Kenneth said he used to suffer from depression and would drink every single day. God has delivered and freed him from his oppression! He is now full of joy, happiness, purpose, and spends time with the Lord every morning.
His wife currently has Alzheimer’s and he visits her in the nursing home every single day. But Kenneth sees how God is using this in his life. He told me he knows the nursing home where his wife is staying at is his mission field. When he goes there, he visits his wife along with every person he feels needs hope. He spends his time shining the light and love of Christ, and countless people say their day is made when they encounter Kenneth.
This is Kenneth’s grace story. God took this man who was hopeless and gave him hope AND purpose. Kenneth realizes God has placed him there for a reason and in return, he has received so much joy serving those in the nursing home.
I was so encouraged by this man’s story. I could tell his love for the Lord was genuine, and it made me so excited that at 59 years old, he was discovering his purpose.
My question for you is- have you discovered yours?
God has a plan and destiny for every person alive. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, if you give your life to Jesus, He will give you purpose in return. The purpose Christ gives is unlike anything you will experience. It goes down deep, penetrating your actions, words, thoughts, and motives. With everything we are, there is purpose to be found. And with everything God has given us and everywhere He places us, we will be held accountable.
Where has God placed you? What has he entrusted you with? Recently, the Lord has struck my heart with the truth that one day, as a believer in Christ, I will be judged. I will not be judged by my sin (because Christ paid for that on the cross) but as a Christian, I will be judged by what I did for God while on this earth.
If you are really interested in what I have to say, take a brief moment and read Matthew 25:14-30.
Come back to this blog when you are done…
Okay, so I really hope you read it. What amazes is how upset the Master got at the one who hid his talents and didn’t increase what was given to him. This parable is written as an allegory so we would understand how God is speaking to us.
My second question for you is- which servant are you?
Are you the servant who is advancing, increasing, and multiplying the gifts, talents, and resources the Lord has given you? Are you a servant of Christ who is advancing the kingdom of God?
Or, are you like the servant in the story who out of fear, hid what was entrusted to him? Are you fearful, lazy, complacent, or unaware of what God is asking you to do?
If you are the latter, please take a moment to read this portion of scripture again:
"His master replied, ‘you wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
“So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
THAT was the Master’s response to the servant who hid his talents. Wow.
If you can relate to this servant, my prayer for you is that you will not waste another day on yourself.
God has so much in store for the One who serves him wholeheartedly. There is so much to do while on this earth. Our time here is temporary. Please don’t waste it on things that will not last. As the bible says in Matthew 6:19-21; “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
I wrote of Kenneth earlier because I was SO encouraged by the fact the he discovered that God had him going to that nursing home on a daily basis for a reason. That is the mission field that God has called Kenneth to. And THAT is the place that the Lord will hold Kenneth accountable. Just like myself, in the areas of work and ministry, and just general life, God will hold be accountable for every action, every word spoken, every heart attitude, every motive- every. Single. Thing. That my friend, is very sobering.
God sees all and knows all. He is always watching us. We will not be able to get away with our sin now or at the end of our lives. I hope this isn’t scaring you, but I pray that is wakes you up and makes you realize the reality and responsibility it is to serve God. We far too often take God for granted. We far too often take advantage of His grace (even if we aren’t willing to admit it). I know I’ve done it countless times by my actions. God has shown me that whatever is done in secret, will one day be exposed. But, if what I’m doing in secret is glorifying to Him, then one day I will be rewarded.
God is our judge. But He is also our Heavenly, Patient, and Loving Father. And even though we WILL mess up, we WILL fail Him, we will ALWAYS be working out our sin, we will ALWAYS be in this sanctification process- He is there to give us the strength to follow and obey Him. All the things we are called to, we cannot do apart from the spirit of God alive inside of us. That is what is so precious- The Lord calls us to a life without sin, and yet gives us the strength to do it.
Don’t get discouraged when you fall. But when you do fall, get right back up and keep walking.
Keep walking forward. Keep praying. Keep seeking God. Keep pleading to Him to help you, and put what you have learned into action. The word says there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. When you live for Jesus, the guilt and shame will no longer have hold over you. There is freedom in Christ to learn, grow, and respond to what God is asking you to do.
As we purse Jesus, our entire time here will be spent being made into His image. We are called to be ambassadors or representatives of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). Don’t choose to stay stuck in your sin or past. If you do, you will waste your life, and you will be judge accordingly when you enter into eternity. Surrender everything to Jesus now, before it’s too late. You will definitely not regret it here on earth, and you will not regret it when you meet Him face to face.
There is much at stake. Eternal rewards are at stake. People’s lives and souls are at stake.
My prayer for you is that God would open your eyes to what He has called you to do. If you haven’t been living in obedience to Jesus, my prayer is you would repent. God has SO much in store if you choose to obey Him. Freedom, purpose, unconditional love, hope, joy, peace- that is all yours if you die to self and live for Christ. Please, don’t waste your time. Time never stops and can fly by in a heartbeat.
No matter what your walk of life is, choose Jesus today.