It's Not Personal, It's Purposed (Part 1)

Monday, August 22, 2011

RISE AND SHINE

It's a new day! The question is, "Are you excited about it?" Perhaps you are the one that rises before the alarm clock sounds, you set your clothes out the night before, you have lunch already prepared, and you are ready to tackle the day with whatever it brings. Or do you find yourself waking up every morning dreading what lies ahead? You hit the snooze button several times, you drag yourself out of bed to get ready, you force yourself to eat, and then you slowly leave the house to face another day at the office, another day to take care of someone else, another day to do something you just don't desire to do.

Regardless of the category you find yourself in, we can probably agree that it's easier to be excited about something you enjoy than it is to be enthused about the things that are not on your list of “I love to do's.” Have you lost perspective on why you were created, and what you are supposed to do while you are here? Are you just going through the motions of routine existence instead of fulfilled living?

In this series, It’s Not Personal, It’s Purposed, we hope to answer many of those questions and more. We’ve heard many people say, what is my purpose, or I’m just trying to find my purpose in life. 2 Timothy 1:9 says, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” In this verse it says that purpose was given to us before the world even began. So the misconception that we should “find” our purpose can be eliminated. You won’t find your purpose because it’s not lost, you learn it because it’s already within you: God put it there. It is not our personal responsibility to create our purpose; God already did that for us. It’s not personal, it’s purposed!

First and foremost, one must have a relationship with Christ in order to fulfill God’s purpose. Christ is the connecting element to God and if we’re not in Christ, we’re fulfilling a purpose that doesn’t belong to God. He has a purpose for each of us, one that will give Him the glory (Ephesians 1:11-12). As His children we have the identical purpose to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (I Corinthians 15:1-4, Matthew 28:19-20).

We demonstrate God’s purpose by showing Christ to the world through our words and our actions. Knowing that our words and actions are reflections that others will see should make us think twice before we speak and act. Is it easier to do everything else but talk about Christ? If we’re honest, sometimes it is. The Bible says that we are to be a city set on a hill, that our light should shine before all men that they might see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16). Are your works leading others to glorify God or do the opposite?

There’s a reason to rise with an attitude of thanksgiving and have a renewed outlook every morning! It’s not about you; it’s all about God. It’s not personal, it’s purposed. You are not just clocking in to that 9 to 5, or taking care of your home and family, or volunteering in your community only for yourself, you are living your life so God can work His purpose though you. It’s not personal, it’s purposed. Strive this week to be more Christ-like with everyone you encounter and in everything you do! It’s a reason God sent him/her your way, He trusts you to shine!


Thank you:

For each of you that have taken this journey with us, we thank you and are praying for you. We pray for your strength and faith to increase as you walk in the purpose God has set for your life. Feel free to share your comments on "Rise and Shine" below. We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us.

**There is a difference between purpose and calling. Join us next Monday as It’s Not Personal, It’s Purposed continues!**


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3 comments

  1. Thank you for this devotional. I woke up this morning feeling less like i have been for the last 15 years, I've felt useless. Thanks for the reminder of why I am here on this earth. This message brought me to tears and I don't mind sharing that with many others who are probably feeling like I was. Please pray for me, Sandy, call me by name.

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  2. Sandy, you are not alone and prayers will be lifted on your behalf. We believe in the power of prayer and we will call you by name! God knows you by name (Isaiah 43:1). We are glad that you were able to see the light through this devotion this morning. May you continue to be encouraged. You can always respond to the post or contact us directly if we can be of further service to you.

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  3. I would like to say thanks also...yall really helps me a lot I'm a single parent of a 16 yr old young man!...he's a very good kid!..I have a mortgage by myself know help I Dnt like my job but thank God 4 it!!..I have no kind of trade or skills I feel like my son is smarter then me but that's good !.I kno I have to b patient and let God and I also kno I am on his time..but I let all of this get to me and find myself sad often I know I shouldn't but what else am I to do!!.I trust God wit all my heart..I just feel hopeless

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