Created for a Purpose
Many Christians today are not living the successful life God intends because they have missed the purpose for which they were born.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us,
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
If you are going to live successfully, you have to know what you are all about. Any tool that is used for something other than what it was created for will not be effective. And it is liable to get damaged.
At times I have needed a hammer to pound in a nail, but I have been too lazy to go out in the garage to get one (don't get too self-righteous, you've done it too!). So I have ended up using whatever I had handy, like a wrench.
Well, you can get the nail in, but you are not going to be very effective. You are liable to dent the wall, and you are liable to damage the wrench.
Too many Christians today are not functioning or flowing in the thing they were created for, and consequently, they are not effective. And sometimes they get hurt and damaged.
You do have a purpose. In fact, the word in Ephesians 2:10 translated workmanship literally means you are handcrafted by God. The Greek word is the same word we derive our English word poem from.
In other words, your life is not to be without order or symmetry or rhyme or reason. God has some specific things mapped out for your life. You are not an accident. You are not excess baggage. You have a purpose.
Ask God today to show you that purpose, and then develop the gifts God has given you to fulfill that purpose.
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