“I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”Psalm 139:14
I have read a book written by Pastor Rick Warren several times over the years: “The Purpose Driven Life.” When you read this book, guidance from a Biblical perspective is provided about the gifts God has given us. Pastor Warren leads the reader in the direction of determining what their purpose is in life as well as determining a “purpose statement.” For readers who are either young or old, determining their purpose in life may be tough, and this book does not provide us with the answers someone is seeking. But, it does provide us with helpful guidance.
The Bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and as such, God has given us unique and essential qualities that He desires us to use. A Bible verse that indicates we are God’s wonderful creations would be Ephesians 2:10 (NIV): “For we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Followers of Jesus Christ are God’s workmanship created to do the work that He has prepared for us to do.
Another Bible verse (1 Peter 4:10, NIV) also encourages us to use our gifts to serve others: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Grace is a quality of God that reflects His love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22-23) towards humanity. As we are stewards of God’s grace, shouldn’t we also demonstrate these towards others with the qualities identified?
As we think about the gifts (qualities) that God has given us, and we consider the Bible verses provided, how does this help us determine our purpose in life? Perhaps we begin by extending unto others the qualities and skills we have. Perhaps we look for people that have a problem they need help to resolve. Sometimes, asking someone how they are doing or just providing a listening ear may be all that is needed. As we pray to God, He is listening, and that is comforting for us.
Perhaps we can be present to listen to the concerns of those around us, and that too may be of great comfort to someone with a broken heart! Hmm…, maybe this could be a new purpose for you! Something to consider.
Many blessings to you!
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