Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Finding Purpose - January 5, 2010

Ephesians 2:10 (New Century Version)
10 God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.

Why am I here? That is the biggest question we all ask of ourselves. It is probably the single most asked question that is common to everyone on the planet since time began, and it will be asked by everyone living after we are gone.

Tradition tells us that Paul wrote this verse in the 1st century, while in prison in Rome, as part of his letter to the Church in Ephesus in modern day Turkey. The church was very multicultural, and Paul sought to unify this diverse group of Jews and Gentiles, emphasizing the central theme that we all were created by God. He then reaffirmed who they were as believers and laid out guidance for spiritual living.

This verse of the Bible tells me that we are all created by God. He planned out our lives long long ago, and each one of us has a particular reason for living, and mission on this earth that is part of His overall plan. Every life has intrinsic worth, value and purpose, although some in society today would seek to tell us differently. As such we need to take time to discover what it is that we should be doing. We need to ask ourselves, "Now that I am unique and of great value to God, what it is it that He has made me to do? What is the good work, mission,or purpose that I should be doing?"

We can only answer this by first knowing Jesus Christ, and then spend time in prayer seeking God. When we take this step for ourselves, He will be anxious to reveal His plans in our hearts. Have you taken the time in this new year to discover God's purpose for your life?

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