It's Not Personal, It's Purposed (Part 3)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

READY. SET. GO.


Today, I need to exercise, get breakfast ready, prepare the kids for school, get self ready for work, go to work, get gas, go to the grocery store, stop by the bank, fix dinner, do homework, get kiddos ready for bed, then pray. Does that sound like your “to-do” list? Do you find yourself asking where did the day go? Do you often fall asleep during your prayer due to exhaustion from your full day? Have you found yourself saying, how do I find time to share Christ with others when it doesn’t fit into my schedule?

It may seem like a chore, but Christ can be shared if He is made the purpose for your day. Were you a positive light at work, did you smile at the cashier at the grocery store, read scriptures with and talk about Jesus with the children? So many times our to-do lists are filled with everything else but God. He has done His part; God shared and gave up His Son for us, and all He asks us to do is share Jesus with others.

So what does this have to do with my purpose and calling? I know the purpose, I recognize my calling, but what do I do now? Each day God blesses you to rise and shine a natural thought could be, “what can I do to share Christ today?” Are we planning to show Christ, or just planning to get things marked off of our to-do list each day?

This lesson will urge you to Get Ready, Set, and Go fulfill God’s purpose through your calling. Those that are still looking around for it, stop right now. Your calling is within you. Look inside of yourself to find it. God has placed it within you and is waiting on you to draw it out. Those that have discovered their calling, are you using it to fulfill the purpose that God has set for you?

Ready.

Now that you know what your calling is, it’s time to ready your mind. Prepare yourself for what you are about to do. Prepare your mind for change; especially if your calling is different from what you’ve been doing most of your life. Focus on the spiritual experience rather than the material gain. Also, prepare your mind to deal with criticism, ridicule or persecution (Matthew 5:11) because some people may not be ready to see you step out on faith into a calling that you find great joy in doing.

Set.

You can’t do anything well without a plan. We make plans for everything; we plan our kid’s schooling, we plan family vacations, we plan our academic careers. We plan for everything else, but do we plan to show Christ in our everyday lives? There is no harm in setting positive goals on how to express Christ through your calling. Proverbs 16:3 and Psalm 37:5 allude to us submitting our thoughts and plans to the Lord. Share with God how you will consciously make Jesus a part of your life every day.

Go.

It is time to step out on faith. Though we may not see every step, we must not fear. Believe in the gift and power that has been placed within you. Don’t wait for your talent to be confirmed by others; if God blessed you with it, it is already confirmed. The question is, will you use it? We are the tools that God wants to use to fulfill His purpose. Romans 6:13 says we are to "yield ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness." Go. Practice living in your calling with faith and boldness as God perfects the gifts He’s placed in you.

Conclusion.

God thinks about our future. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” If He believes in our future, then we should not be ashamed to plan for it. Begin with prayer to hear God’s voice and vision for your life. Ready your mind. Set your goals. Go out in faith!

Scriptures to reflect on:

Proverbs 20:18
Philippians 1:6
I Peter 1:13

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 "Ready. Set. Go." below! We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us.


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2 comments

  1. One of my favorite passages of scriptures, Jeremiah 29:11, thank you for this encouragement to do the will of God.

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  2. God is definitely good and we are glad He has our future in His hands! May He continue to bless you Erica!

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