How do you understand your God-given purpose?February 23, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
Lately I have been asking myself about my calling.
How do I understand my God-given purpose?
What are His directions for my life?
The passages describing how Christ called several of His disciples are encouraging for me. You can read them here: Jesus Calls the Disciples.
Four of the disciples, including Peter, were failing miserably as fishermen the day Christ came to them. Upon listening to His guidance, they stepped into a far greater purpose than catching fish because they followed Christ.
…..So my own failures in life do not determine where God leads me.
Then we see Matthew’s calling. The Pharisees deemed tax collectors horrible sinners supposedly not worthy to dine with a King. Yet Christ not only sat at his table, He asked Matthew to follow Him.
…..So my God is greater than my sin.
Christ saw Bartholomew sitting under a fig tree — hardly a glorious way to be remembered by God! But Bartholomew’s contemplation under that tree show his desire to know God better. And God did answer him with a resounding, “Follow Me.”
…..So my desire to know God better opens my heart to His voice.
I have much to understand about the path set before me. It’s overwhelming.
However, I can strive to simply do what the apostles did.
They followed with passion to be closer to Christ, no matter their station in life, and Christ certainly answered.
Still I continue to struggle with these questions. But I will follow Him with the knowledge that He always answers.
For “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 KJV)
And so, fellow explorers of faith, I ask you the same questions:
How do you understand your God-given purpose?
What is God’s direction for your life?
Feel free to comment below (or contact me) with your reflections. I’ll keep an eye out to respond. Looking forward to learning from you!
May your day be brighter and your dreams sweeter. God bless