Chosen for a purpose

We are not simply a random bunch of cells that became human and then banded together. We were created intentionally by God to be His people. He didn’t just put us here and say “good luck”, He has a purpose for each and every one of us!

The prophet Jeremiah writes “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) God has something special in mind for us, a reason for our lives. That reason is what drives us to seek Him, to want to be part of His work. It is not always easy to hear God’s call and know His will for us. While He is always seeking us, we are often distracted by the ways of the world and our own selfish behavior.

How can we better know what we are made for? Jesus taught us to “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” (Matthew 7:7). We have to accept that we are called and ask God to help us find our place in creation and our task according to our gifts.

Gracious God, we are so easily drawn astray from You and Your holy plan. Keep us in Your love and strength that we may fulfill the purpose You have for us.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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