Ever wonder why? Ever wonder how? Ever wonder how come?

With purpose. For a purpose

As a new year begins (maybe not on the calendar of the world, but on my calendar) it is interesting to see what reading will show up for today! It is interesting to reflect on it before even having started to type. Let’s try it together and consider…

Today’s reading begins with…

10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

–from Ephesians 2

We are His workmanship … we were each created on purpose with purpose for a purpose!

We are created in Christ Jesus for good works … that’s right there is a purpose, it wasn’t an accident!

He prepared the good works in advance … that’s right He has a purpose for us to accomplish!

We should walk in them … that’s right, we have a purpose to accomplish and a way to get it done!

So we don’t have to be just wandering around wondering. We don’t have to be worrying about what others have done or what others have said, but rather we can forgive them so that we can focus on the plans God has for us and our lives! We are to be doing good! So let’s focus on doing what God created in advance for us to do and leave the rest up to Him! The Battle Belongs to the Lord! He’s already won the victory!

Today’s devotional (Capacity: Student Leadership – day 1) speaks to it this way…

Even before your were born God had a purpose and a plan for your life. You had value and worth in Him even before you did anything. He wants to use you to accomplish that purpose and plan for your life. Start to discover what God made you to do. What are you passionate about in life? What excites you? That can be a sign pointing to what God intends you to do with your life.

–from Capacity: Student Leadership

Today’s reading continues…

1But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.
–from Acts 9
And we might even be the tool to help someone else meet their destiny and their calling. God may use us to be the messenger to speak life, speak hope, speak truth, speak love into the life of someone else who God needs to fulfill His plans and purposes!
Might it sound threatening to you when it is said? Might it seem like you would be safer not getting involved? Might it seem crazy or totally out of whack stepping up or stepping into such a situation?
Well, what’s more important? To do what seems logical or to walk in obedience to what God asks you to do? It always comes down to us making a choice! So choose wisely!
We aren’t going to be forced by God because we all have freewill! He will point us in the right direction! He will do things to encourage us to accomplish His plan and purpose for our lives! Yet, some will still refuse and walk away from what could of and should of been the most incredible and miraculous thing done in and through our lives!
Let’s not judge others based on their past! Let’s not judge others based on what they seem to be planning or intending! Let’s put our trust in God and know that God’s got a plan in and through whatever the situation may be. Let’s be God’s hand extended to help God’s will, purpose, and plan to be completed in our time on earth!
And similarly, don’t think you can’t, you shouldn’t, He wouldn’t use you because of your past! With God all things are possible! He took the greatest persecutor of the church and made him the biggest evangelistic power for the sharing of the good news of Jesus to the world! Consider how this guy who knew it all in regards to the Jewish religion was able to transform the world by his missionary journeys out to share the good news of Jesus to the non-Jews.
If God could use him, then God can use you, no matter what your past looks like! Are there things you need to let go of? Are there things from the past you are holding onto that are more like anchors than encouragement that hold you back rather than set you free? Let them go!
So will you partner with God? Will you walk in alignment and obedience to God so that He can use you to do “good works”?
Today is the first day of the rest of your life! How will you choose?

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