Daily Lent Devotional #31 (4/08/2011)

Today’s Topic:  “Purpose, Calling, and Vocation”

John 4: 34-35

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

Luke 13: 31-32

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’”

John 17:18

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

Acts 20:24

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Throughout The Bible, people had specific ‘roles’ to play in God’s Story.  In addition to little decisions that they made over the course of their lives, they would arrive at a point (often unknowingly) where their actions would impact the lives of many.  Some people had large parts in The Story, some only a verse or two. But all of them had a specific purpose and plan for their lives that was given to them by God.  Some openly embraced their role, others shrank back from it.

Jesus understood his role in The Story.  In addition to fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies about what the Messiah was to be; he knew what his main mission was:  to offer his perfect, sinless life for the sins of all mankind and then to rise from the dead again.  Jesus’ life was geared and fiercely directed towards this goal.  He viewed his life on earth as a mission, and he charged those who followed him to do the same.  The Acts passage from above is a statement from the Apostle Paul.  It shows his crystal-clear understanding of his life purpose and vocation; along with the determination to see it through.

God has given you unique natural and spiritual gifts, life experiences, and has placed you where you are in the world for a purpose.  If we believe that, we will want to expend our energy and time to find out what that is.  Part of that purpose is designed to be lived out within the church; uniting with others who are gifted where we are not to accomplish bigger things that we could never do alone.  In closing, here’s some quick thoughts from Henri Nouwen on this topic.  May you seek God’s direction and wisdom so that you can find your place in His Story!

We seldom realize fully that we are sent to fulfill God-given tasks.  We act as if we have to choose how, where, and with whom to live.  We act as if we were simply dropped down in creation and have to decide how to entertain ourselves until we die.  But we were sent into the world by God, just as Jesus was.  Once we start living our lives with that conviction, we will soon know what we were sent to do.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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