October 31, 2007

My Purpose / 1 Thess. 1:1-5

"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake." 1 Thes. 1:2-5

  • Work produced by faith
  • Labor prompted by love
  • Endurance inspired by hope in the Lord Jesus Christ

Our purpose on earth is to serve God and work the tasks He has prepared for us in advance to do. We don't have to find validity in being a wife, in being a mother to "x" number of children, or in being career-women. God has already validated us by saving us; by adopting us into His family, and recognizing us as His own children! He sees us as important tools with worthwhile things to do for Him. Even if they are never recognized by another human being, He calls us to be obedient to Him. This is a freeing revelation.

He has a custom-deisgned plan for every believer, with specific work for each one to accomplish. Once we're saved, the rest of our days are to be spent fulfilling God's purposes for our lives. [...] He'll provide the necessary abilities and resources. His Holy Spirit will teach us whatever we need to know [...] While we are living on earth, our lifestyle is to be one of enthusiastic, committed service in the cause of Christ. Let your work for God be a genuine labor of love. --- In Touch Mag. October 2007

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